By analyzing successive federal elections, Reisinger and Moraski show that regions that led the way in delivering votes in Putin's favor were those that had been both more independent and more authoritarian during the Yeltsin era. These authoritarian enclaves under Yeltsin became models of behavior in the Putin regime, which prized deferential election results. Other regions were quick to follow this lead, functioning during Putin's ascendancy as "swing states." Still, Russia's regimes continued to exhibit regime diversity, with democratic enclaves resisting the push to become cogs in the Kremlin's electoral authoritarian wheel.
While motivated by scholarly questions about authoritarianism, democracy, and the influence of subnational forces on national regime trajectories, Reisinger and Moraski also consider policy-relevant questions.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
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