Federalism and political asymmetry
Regional elections and political parties
in Federalism and democratisation in Russia

This chapter examines regional elections and the problems of developing a viable party system. The problem of party building in Russia's regions comes not so much from ‘polarized pluralism’ or the danger of ‘anti-system parties’ threatening the stability of the party system. Russia's problem is that, with the exception of the KPRF, and the transient ‘parties of power’, there are no other national parties with sufficient organisational capacity and financial resources to compete effectively in federal wide elections. One of the striking features of local politics in Russia is the almost total partyless nature of regional election campaigns and the dismal representation of political parties in regional assemblies.

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