Save

Political Logic of the “Municipal Filter” in Russia: Evidence from Perm Krai 2020 Elections

In: Russian Politics
Authors:
Vitalii Kovin Research Department of Political Institutions and Processes, Perm Federal Research Center, Ural Branch, RAS Perm Russia

Search for other papers by Vitalii Kovin in
Current site
Brill
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0338-4332
and
Andrei Semenov Research Department of Political Institutions and Processes, Perm Federal Research Center, Ural Branch, RAS Perm Russia

Search for other papers by Andrei Semenov in
Current site
Brill
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5127-4314
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the endorsement strategies of municipal council members in Russia. Since 2012, the candidates for chief executive office are required to collect the signatures at the local level. Filtering had been an important political toll before the return of direct gubernatorial elections, however, for the latter there are specific requirements in terms of territorial quotas and coverage that can be used against the independent candidates. We theorize that partisanship, gender, and employment sector on individual level and political competition, population size, and budget autonomy on the municipality level are important in shaping the councilmembers’ decision. We test this theory against the data on 2020 Perm krai gubernatorial elections and find out that while the general pattern is largely in line with our expectations, there are nuances when it comes to supporting particular opposition candidates. This study contributes to the literature on electoral authoritarianism and subnational elections in Russia and to the general scholarship on the means of authoritarian control.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 142 142 12
Full Text Views 5 5 0
PDF Views & Downloads 7 7 0