Lunch Time Research Seminar
25 March, 2013
11.45 - 1.30 PM
Problems of Stabilizing Electoral Authoritarianism in Russia
Professor Graeme Gill
Chair: Rich Frank
Discussant: Lilly Rahim
Synopsis: The public unrest that broke out following the Duma elections in December 2011 suggested to many that the electoral authoritarian regime in Russia was in danger of becoming destabilized. The means whereby elections had in the past delivered victories to the ruling party seemed to be called into question. But in Russia, as in other electoral authoritarian regimes, fraud at the ballot box, and the public reaction to it, was less a cause than a symptom of the challenge facing the regime. This paper will argue that in such cases it is often a failure on the part of the ruling party that is the basic cause of the apparent challenge to the regime, not the reaction to fraud at the ballot box.
All university staff and graduate research students are welcome to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paper available from: www.electoralintegrityproject.com