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Parliamentary Elections in RussiaA Quarter-Century of Multiparty Politics$
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Derek S. Hutcheson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266281

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266281.001.0001

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The framework of Russian elections

The framework of Russian elections

(p.55) 3 The framework of Russian elections
Parliamentary Elections in Russia

Derek S. Hutcheson

British Academy

The electoral law in Russia has been more than simply the rulebook for the game; it has become part of the elections game. The chapter examines the major and minor electoral reforms throughout the 1993–2016 period that fundamentally altered the incentive structures in the Russian political system. It outlines the ever more complex requirements that have advantaged those with greater resources and created Kremlin dominance over the electoral process. The first part of the chapter outlines these changes in detail, while the second part examines their significance and the circumstances under which they were implemented. In the final part, the role of electoral reform in a wider programme of institutional change is examined, particularly affecting the centre–periphery relations. It argues that institutional reform and political expediency were used to turn the federal and regional structures into a vertically-structured electoral ‘machine’.

Keywords:   elections, Russia, Kremlin, electoral reforms, centre–periphery relations

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