Popular support for an undemocratic regime : the changing views of Russians /

"All forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary, in order to survive. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique s...

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Author / Creator: Rose, Richard, 1933-
Other Authors / Creators:Mishler, William, 1947-
Munro, Neil, 1970-
Format: Book
Language:English
Imprint: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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Summary:"All forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary, in order to survive. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique source of evidence, 18 surveys of Russian public opinion from the first month of the new regime in 1992 up to 2009, to track the changing views of Russians. Clearly presented and sophisticated figures and tables show how political support has increased because of a sense of resignation that is stronger than the unstable benefits of exporting oil and gas. Whilst comparative analyses of surveys on other continents show that Russia's elite is not alone in being able to mobilize popular support for an undemocratic regime, Russia provides an outstanding caution that popular support can grow when governors reject democracy and create an undemocratic regime"--
To survive, all forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique source of evidence, eighteen surveys of Russian public opinion from the first month of the new regime in 1992 up to 2009, to track the changing views of Russians. Clearly presented and sophisticated figures and tables show how political support has increased because of a sense of resignation that is even stronger than the unstable benefits of exporting oil and gas. Whilst comparative analyses of surveys on other continents show that Russia's elite is not alone in being able to mobilize popular support for an undemocratic regime, Russia provides an outstanding caution that popular support can grow when governors reject democracy and create an undemocratic regime.
Physical Description:vii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781107009523
1107009529
9780521224185
0521224187
Author Notes:Richard Rose is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy and Sixth Century Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen.
William Mishler is Professor of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Aberdeen, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Politics.
Neil Munro is currently a tutor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and was formerly a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Public Policy.