Regional Elections and Electoral Authoritarianism in Russia

  title={Regional Elections and Electoral Authoritarianism in Russia},
  author={Cameron Ross},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={641 - 661}
  • C. Ross
  • Published 24 May 2011
  • Political Science
  • Europe-Asia Studies
IN THIS STUDY I TEST THE DEMOCRATIC INTEGRITY of regional assembly elections which were conducted in Russia over the period from December 2003 to March 2009. Whilst we should not fall into the electoral fallacy of equating the instigation of elections with democracy, ‘the right to vote in free and fair elections and to hold those in office accountable is surely an essential, if not a sufficient condition for the development of a consolidated democracy’ (Sisk 2001, p. 115). For Schedler, ‘the… 
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