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The Origins of Dominant Parties
Building Authoritarian Institutions in Post-Soviet Russia

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107171763

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  • In many autocracies, regime leaders share power with a ruling party, which can help generate popular support and reduce conflict among key elites. Such ruling parties are often called dominant parties. In other regimes, leaders prefer to rule solely through some combination of charisma, patronage, and coercion, rather than sharing power with a dominant party. This book explains why dominant parties emerge in some nondemocratic regimes, but not in others. It offers a novel theory of dominant party emergence that centers on the balance of power between rulers and other elites. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Russia, original data on Russian political elites, and cross-national statistical analysis, the book's findings shed new light on how modern autocracies work and why they break down. The book also provides new insights about the foundations of Vladimir Putin's regime and challenges several myths about the personalization of power under Putin.

    • The first full-length study of the origins of dominant party regimes, shedding new light on why some countries democratize, but others do not
    • Challenges a number of myths about the nature of political power in Putin's Russia
    • Draws on an array of new empirical data, including original data on Russian political elites, extensive fieldwork in Russia, and cross-national quantitative data enriching understanding of both authoritarian and Russian politics
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    'Reuter's impressive The Origins of Dominant Parties significantly revises our understanding of the United Russia Party's role in Russian politics. While many dismiss the party as little more than a shell held in place solely by Putin's personal appeal, this book shows that it plays a much more important role in Putin's regime than most experts currently think. This will be the go-to book for anyone wanting to know about United Russia, and essential reading for understanding Russian politics in the Putin era.' Henry Hale, George Washington University, Washington DC

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107171763
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A theory of dominant party formation
    3. False starts: the failure of pro-Presidential parties under Yeltsin
    4. The emergence of a dominant party in Russia
    5. United Russia as the dominant party
    6. United Russia and Russia's governors
    7. Economic elites and dominant party affiliation
    8. Dominant party emergence around the world
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ora John Reuter, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Ora John Reuter is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a Senior Researcher at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His articles on elections, authoritarianism, and political economy have appeared in leading social science journals including The Journal of Politics, World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.

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