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November 2021

The Demand for Elections: How Voters React to the Cancellation of Local Elections in Russia (with Ora John Reuter)

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
NYU Department of Politics, 19 West 4th St., Room 101
New York, NY 10012 United States
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One feature of democratic decline in Russia has been the cancellation of regional and local elections. Over the past 15 years, most Russian cities have replaced their directly elected mayors with chief executives that are, de facto, appointed.  How do voters react to these reforms.?  Does the cancellation of elections affect their approval of the regime? Why or why not? This paper utilizes the largest dataset on public opinion ever assembled in Russia--containing almost 2 million polling responses drawn from two…

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