Posts by J. Paul Goode

Пол Гуд 04-17-2020
(Ethnic and Racial Studies) Abstract: While new regimes often seek legitimation by forging banal ties between state and nation (or “banalization”), there have been few attempts to explain how nationalism becomes banal, to account for variations in the process across different types of regimes, or to establish clear criteria for identifying successes or failures in banalization. This article presents an original theoretical framework for understanding...
Пол Гуд 07-22-2019
Американский эксперт Пол Гуд, ныне работающий в британском Университете Бата, в интервью "Idel.Реалии" рассказал о том, исчерпывает ли себя курс Владимира Путина как ресурс для мобилизации российского общества вокруг главы государства, решится ли Россия на аннексию новых территорий и могут ли регионы страны нарушить планы федерального центра в деле централизации власти. Радио Свобода: Может ли нынешний курс московского Кремля привести к...
Пол Гуд 02-27-2019
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: This article argues that the sources of official and societal ambivalence towards civic nationhood in today’s Russia are found in the institutional instability and personalist dynamics of hybrid regime politics in the 1990s. Successful civic nation-building should institutionalize inclusive criteria for citizenship as a basis for policymaking, which in turn should create incentives for dominant ethnicities to embrace civic...
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Пол Гуд 04-02-2018
(IPR Blog) On 18 March, Vladimir Putin secured a fourth term in office as President of the Russian Federation. Officially he received 76.66% of the vote, with more than 56 million Russians voting for him – a fact that Russia’s state media celebrated as the most votes ever cast for a candidate in any election in Russia. The outcome of the election was never in doubt and Putin barely bothered to campaign. As in previous elections, he ran as an independent...
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Пол Гуд 03-28-2017
(The Conversation) When Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced his candidacy for the 2018 presidential election, he was seemingly blocked from running for office. But then, in early March, he posted an hour-long investigation into Prime Minister Dmitry Medevedev’s wealth on YouTube. Using drone footage and Medvedev’s own Instagram account, the video alleged that Medvedev used a complicated scheme to channel billions of roubles into mansions...
Пол Гуд 08-17-2016
Официальная пропаганда во многом определяет взгляды граждан на внешнюю политику, однако не способна обеспечить безусловную поддержку действий Кремля. Дискуссии об общественной поддержке внешней политики Кремля часто отталкиваются от таких понятий, как эффект «сплочения вокруг флага», либо исходят из того, что обилие патриотического вещания в отечественных СМИ стимулирует поддержку официального внешнеполитического курса. Однако патриотизм...
Пол Гуд 06-30-2016
(Washington Post) Before last week’s “Brexit” vote, British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that Vladimir Putin (and the Islamic State) “might be happy” if the United Kingdom left the European Union. Putin responded that Russia had no interest in the U.K.’s internal affairs. But he added that Britons clearly were dissatisfied with the government’s military policy, which was encouraging migration – apparently referring to the U.K.’s airstrikes and...
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Пол Гуд 04-07-2015
(The Monkey Cage/WP) In the wake of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s murder, many blamed an “atmosphere of hate” cultivated by the Kremlin. This idea suggests that the Krelim has encouraged the demonization of opposition leaders, which not only undermined their support from ordinary citizens but also dehumanized them and made them targets of violence. Examples of such vilification are legion, ranging from threatening posts made by the Kremlin’s...
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Пол Гуд 03-04-2015
(The Monkey cage/WP) The problem moving forward – for analysts, opposition, patriots, and citizens – is not really explaining who assassinated Boris Nemtsov. Most people already have their own theories about the culprits, and the official investigation is unlikely to convince them otherwise. The real problem is explaining why. For Nemtsov’s supporters and admirers, the Kremlin’s brand of hateful, anti-opposition and “fifth column” propaganda serves as...
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Пол Гуд 03-03-2014
The series of events in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s reactions, and the escalation to the point of Russia’s armed intervention in Crimea have progressed with bewildering speed. Most confounding about the escalation of events is the seemingly irrational nature of it all. On the face of it, there was no necessary reason that this escalation had to occur, nor was there any clearly rational motive for Russia’s game of brinkmanship. In fact, it was much easier to...
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Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics
University of Bath