A Study of Vladimir Putin’s Rhetoric

Just got back to Ottawa. In lieu of a post, here’s a link to my latest academic article, which was published online by Europe-Asia Studies today. Apparently, there’s free access for the first 50 downloads.

This article analyses the political rhetoric of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Scholars and journalists have devoted considerable space to discussing Putin’s policies, but have paid little attention to his political speeches, often assuming that he is purely a pragmatist and that his rhetoric is therefore of little interest. This article argues that a comprehensive analysis of rhetoric helps to reveal Putin’s political and ideological orientation. To do so, the article carries out a systematic examination of Putin’s political speeches and interviews, and shows that Putin has demonstrated an overall consistency in the general line of his views, albeit with certain changes within that line. Therefore his rhetoric is more than an instrument to confuse political opponents and should be taken seriously as an indication of Putin’s policy direction.

19 thoughts on “A Study of Vladimir Putin’s Rhetoric”

  1. “Apparently, there’s free access for the first 50 downloads.”

    But you can’t reproduce it here for free for everyone to read and appreciate, can you? Tsk! What a typical example of “alienation of the proletariat from the produce of their labour” 😉

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      1. “That must be the first time anyone’s suggested that I’m a member of the proletariat…”

        And who you think you are?

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      2. To be frank, I don’t think in terms of class at all. I doubt that many people do nowadays.

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    1. “To be frank, I don’t think in terms of class at all.

      🙂

      Professor, can you survive on the income from your books only? Answering the question, will, without further doubt, help you with class-identification

      I doubt that many people do nowadays.”

      Doubleplusgood for them whoever they are. The rest can do much better.

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    2. “alienation of the proletariat from the produce of their labour”
      now that is an interesting quote, considering context.

      you never fail to surprise me.

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  2. Sorry, the 50 eprints allocated to the author of this article have all been used.     14.05.2019, 21:08, "IRRUSSIANALITY" <comment-reply@wordpress.com>:PaulR posted: "Just got back to Ottawa. In lieu of a post, here’s a link to my latest academic article, which was published online by Europe-Asia Studies today. Apparently, there’s free access for the first 50 downloads. Abstract This article analyses the political "

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      1. thanks, Anatoly was it?
        Not available for me, at least not online in my head library or any associated field libraries. Already sent an inquiry to the respective people. As elder the no doubt up to date aesthetics of Taylor & Francis online seem to sent me into circles. No available pages that at least once upon a time were necessary for interloan. No more?

        Curious in this context: there is this specific “box” you have to check to signal you have read and understood. Its pretty short really. Nothing special. But one of the items is curiously enough. We cannot give psychological advise. Funny isn’t it?

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  3. Same here. Does sound very interesting. I always thought Putin’s lack of real charismatic rhetoric was a redeeming feature (here I mean rhetoric in its uplifting, inspiring mode). To me he always sounds like a tax auditor trying to sound interesting. Kind of the antipode of Obama, but which actual content that he delivers on. You probably mean the broader sense of rhetoric as in content primarily, not delivery.

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  4. “To be frank, I don’t think in terms of class at all. I doubt that many people do nowadays.”

    I find that rather sad. Are you, then,an “intellectual entrepreneur”?

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