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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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Voting in parliamentary elections

Voting in parliamentary elections

(p.191) 7 Voting in parliamentary elections
Parliamentary Elections in Russia

Derek S. Hutcheson

British Academy

This chapter examines Russians’ voting behaviour over the seven State Duma elections so far. It begins from a spatial perspective, by examining the changing geographical bases of support for the parties over time. Thereafter, it takes a more sociological viewpoint, examining the profile of the typical Russian voter, and each party’s electorate, using survey and focus group data. Over time, some sense of party affiliation has started to build up amongst the voters of the established parties. Finally, it looks at the extent to which Russians have been able to register their discontent with the system through the medium of elections – in particular, prior to 2003, by voting ‘against all’ candidates or parties.

Keywords:   Russians, elections, State Duma, voting behaviour, discontent

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