Voting 'against all' in postcommunist Russia

McAllister, I. and White, S. (2008) Voting 'against all' in postcommunist Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(1), pp. 67-87. (doi: 10.1080/09668130701760349)

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Since the early 1990s voters in Russia (and most of the other post-Soviet republics) have been offered the opportunity to vote ‘against all’ parties and candidates. Increasing numbers have done so. The evidence of two post-election surveys indicates that ‘against all’ voters are younger than other voters, more urban and more highly educated. They do not reject liberal democracy, but are critical of the contemporary practice of Russian politics and find no parties that adequately reflect their views. With the ending of the ‘against all’ facility in 2006 and other changes in the Russian electoral system under the Putin presidency, levels of turnout are likely to fall further and the protest vote will seek other outlets within or outside the parliamentary system.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Professor Stephen
Authors: McAllister, I., and White, S.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Routledge
First Published:First published in Europe-Asia Studies 60(1):67-87
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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