A Survey of Democracy in Russia's Regions

Posted: 23 Jun 2003

See all articles by Kelly M. McMann

Kelly M. McMann

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Political Science; Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute

Nikolai V. Petrov

Moscow Carnegie Center

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

McMann, Kelly M. and Petrov, Nikolai V., A Survey of Democracy in Russia's Regions. Post-Soviet Geography and Economics, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 155-182, April-May 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=235401

Kelly M. McMann (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Political Science ( email )

11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute ( email )

United States

Nikolai V. Petrov

Moscow Carnegie Center

Ul. Tverskaya 16/2
Moscow 103009
Russia

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