Regional Patrons and Hegemonic Party Electoral Performance in Russia

37 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012 Last revised: 8 Oct 2012

See all articles by Ora John Reuter

Ora John Reuter

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

Date Written: May 16, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the electoral performance of Russia’s hegemonic party, United Russia. Where existing accounts of hegemonic party performance focus on regime leaders, the party leadership, opposition forces, or society as the main actors, the explanation offered here focuses on regional elites and their ability to mobilize support for the ruling party. Using original data on regional elections in Russia, I find that United Russia performs better in those regions where regional governors control strong political machines. United Russia’s initial electoral successes depended heavily on regional governors who mobilized votes for the party, but Russia’s leadership undercut its own long-term vote-mobilizing strategy by replacing popular elected governors with colorless bureaucrats who struggled to mobilize votes on behalf of the ruling party.

Keywords: hegemonic party, authoritarianism, elites, Russia, governors

Suggested Citation

Reuter, Ora John, Regional Patrons and Hegemonic Party Electoral Performance in Russia (May 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2060830 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2060830

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

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
118
Abstract Views
605
rank
233,059
PlumX Metrics