Henry Hale: What Makes Dominant Parties Dominant in Hybrid Regimes? The Case of Russia (Contemporary Issues in Political Science Research Seminar)
The next meeting of the Contemporary Issues in Political Science Research Seminar at the Faculty of Social Sciences will be held on December 5.
Speaker: Henry Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Subject: What Makes Dominant Parties Dominant in Hybrid Regimes? The Case of Russia
Why do people vote for dominant parties? Many focus on supply side factors, ways in which authorities manipulate the supply of political choices in favor of the dominant party, and discount the demand side, ways in which a party’s success depends on views of the electorate as to what type of outputs they want from the state. Analysis of voting decisions reported in survey data from every parliamentary election just before and during the United Russia Party’s rise to dominance in Russia (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016) confirms that we cannot ignore supply side arguments. But it also reveals a far greater role for demand side factors than is commonly recognized, with an important role for ideas about the market and right-of-center political positioning. The party also benefits strongly from economic performance and partisan attachment. Embedded experiments reveal that the “Putin effect” is weaker and United Russia’s distinct connections with voters stronger than usually thought, helping to explain why the party has endured much longer than many originally expected.
Work language: English.
Where: 20 Myasnitskaya ulitsa, Room 309.
When: December 5, 6:00 p.m.
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