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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia$
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Cameron Ross

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058691

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.001.0001

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Federalism and political asymmetry: regional elections and political parties

Federalism and political asymmetry: regional elections and political parties

(p.92) 6 Federalism and political asymmetry: regional elections and political parties
Federalism and Democratisation in Russia

Cameron Ross

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines regional elections and the problems of developing a viable party system. The problem of party building in Russia's regions comes not so much from ‘polarized pluralism’ or the danger of ‘anti-system parties’ threatening the stability of the party system. Russia's problem is that, with the exception of the KPRF, and the transient ‘parties of power’, there are no other national parties with sufficient organisational capacity and financial resources to compete effectively in federal wide elections. One of the striking features of local politics in Russia is the almost total partyless nature of regional election campaigns and the dismal representation of political parties in regional assemblies.

Keywords:   party system, regional elections, regional assembly, party building, Russian politics

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