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Drawing Policy Implications from the 'Operational Code' of a 'New' Political Actor: Russian President Vladimir Putin

Stephen Benedict Dyson
Policy Sciences
Vol. 34, No. 3/4 (2001), pp. 329-346
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4532539
Page Count: 18
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Drawing Policy Implications from the 'Operational Code' of a 'New' Political Actor: Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Abstract

The task of both foreign policy makers and foreign policy scholars is complicated by the appearance on the international stage of a 'new actor,' about whom little information is available. The lack of information concerning such 'new actors' makes the job of explaining, predicting, and influencing that decision-maker's choices many times more difficult. It is the argument of this paper that a multi-disciplinary approach, combining the political-psychology concept of an individual's 'Operational Code' with the policy tasks of formulating guidelines for those who must deal with such 'new actors,' offers a way to overcome this problem. The case of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation and a classic 'new actor,' is explored in depth on these terms.

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