Dominant Party Rule and Legislative Leadership in Authoritarian Regimes
34 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 15, 2011
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
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