The Institutionalization of the Party System in Russia: Opportunities and Threats at the Elections of Governors
25 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 17, 2014
Does the level of party system institutionalization influence high-level incumbents’ electoral support within subnational authoritarianism? Is it possible to ensure incumbent electoral success only with manipulative electoral practices? To what extent does this and other factors contribute to the incumbents’ landslide victory? Contrary to scholarly thought in this field, this paper argues that manipulative practices are not the only determinant of incumbents’ electoral success in an authoritarian regime. They are also insufficient. The research is based on the results Russian gubernatorial elections in 2012-2013.
Keywords: party system institutionalization, incumbent, electoral authoritarianism, governor elections, regional regimes
JEL Classification: D72.
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