A Survey of Democracy in Russia's Regions
Posted: 23 Jun 2003
An American political scientist and a Russian geographer, specialists in postcommunist political reform and Russian regional politics, respectively, adopt a subnational approach to democratization, measuring democracy in a standard fashion across 57 regions of Russia. They rate levels of democracy in Russia's oblasts, krays, and federal cities based on the results of a survey they administered to experts on Russian provincial politics. The article presents the ranking of the regions, evaluates the survey as a means of measuring provincial democracy, and examines five possible explanations for subnational variation in democracy.
JEL Classification: H11, H77, P16, P26
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