Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime: the Changing Views of Russians

Rose, R., Mishler, W. and Munro, N.M. (2011) Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime: the Changing Views of Russians. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107009523

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


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.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Munro, Dr Neil
Authors: Rose, R., Mishler, W., and Munro, N.M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Related URLs:

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record