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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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On the campaign trail

On the campaign trail

(p.123) 5 On the campaign trail
Parliamentary Elections in Russia

Derek S. Hutcheson

British Academy

This chapter examines the way parties present themselves – and are presented – to Russia’s electorate during election campaigns. In the first part of the chapter, examination is made of the approaches that the main parties take to campaign strategy and political marketing. There was a gradual professionalisation of the electoral process in the 1990s and early 2000s, with amateur candidates and campaigners gradually being replaced by professional political consultants. The use made of product-, sales- and market-oriented approaches is examined. The second part of the chapter analyses how election campaigns are covered in the media, using content analysis of television and other media coverage. Finally, public attitudes to election campaigning and media usage are assessed, with the aid of post-election surveys from each of the post-Soviet State Duma elections.

Keywords:   Russia, elections, State Duma, political marketing, media, television, election campaigning, public attitudes

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