Ewa Dabrowska examines how authoritarian regimes handle potential tension between their legitimating ideology and their economic policy, tracing the dynamics of resulting policy change. In her study she focuses on Putin's Russia.
Dabrowska demonstrated how the Russian public's disappointment with results of nominally liberal reforms in the 1990s facilitated
Putin's coming to power in 2000. Being aware of this disappointment., Putin invented a legitimating quasi-ideology relying on national conservative ideas that became popular after the failure of reforms. At the same time, Putin continued implementing liberal economic reforms.
The study examines how Russian policy makers dealt with the tension between the ideological construction of the regime and the ideational underpinnings of economic policy, and scrutinises the impact of the financial crisis of 2008 2009 and the following political crisis on this ideational conflict.
E.A. Dabrowska: Authoritarian Politics of Ideas, Interests and Policy Change. Finance and Development in Putin's Russia.
Prof. G.R.D. Underhill