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    Electoral manipulation and the development of Russia's political system

    Bacon, Edwin (2012) Electoral manipulation and the development of Russia's political system. East European Politics 28 (2), pp. 105-118. ISSN 2159-9165.

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    The allegations of electoral manipulation surrounding Russia's parliamentary election of December 2011 were nothing new. Regional elections in October 2009 resulted in victory for Putin's United Russia, followed by a walkout from the State Duma by the other parliamentary parties, to protest the elections’ conduct. Multi-layered questions surround the role of electoral manipulation for different actors in Russia's political system. Analysis focused on the elections of October 2009 shows that regime, opposition, and regional authorities all have conflicting motivations. For the regime, electoral manipulation helps to secure power and legitimacy, but its uncovering undermines that legitimacy. For the opposition, participation in elections provides an opportunity to both gain electoral representation and to de-legitimise the regime by declaring the ballot flawed. Regional leaders owe their positions to the regime and must balance any obligation to deliver ‘correct’ election results against mixed signals on the nature of that regime and of democracy in Russia.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in East European Politics in December 2012, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Russia, elections, political parties, Putin
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 15:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 01:18


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