Dominant Party Rule and Legislative Leadership in Authoritarian Regimes

34 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011  

Ora John Reuter

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Political Science; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Rostislav Turovsky

Moscow State University

Date Written: December 15, 2011

Abstract

Authoritarian dominant parties are said to ensure elite loyalty by providing elites with regularized opportunities for career advancement. This paper uses data on the distribution of leadership posts in Russia’s regional legislatures (1999-2010) to conduct the first systematic test of this proposition. Loyalty to the nascent hegemonic party, United Russia, is shown to be important in determining a legislator’s chances of being promoted to a leadership position. These findings generate insight into how authoritarian institutions help maintain regime stability and provide a clearer picture of how Russia’s ruling party works.

Keywords: dominant party, Russia, legislatures, elections, Russia, United Russia, authoritarian regimes

Suggested Citation

Reuter, Ora John and Turovsky, Rostislav, Dominant Party Rule and Legislative Leadership in Authoritarian Regimes (December 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1972859 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1972859

Ora John Reuter (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Political Science ( email )

PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Rostislav Turovsky

Moscow State University ( email )

GSP-2, Leninskie Gory
Moscow, 119992
Russia

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