The Effect of District: Russian Single-member District Deputies and their Constituents' Preferences

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For representative democracies to function properly, elected officials must represent the interests of their constituents. This article attempts to determine whether the voting behaviour of Russian single-member district deputies in the first two post-communist Dumas was influenced by constituent preferences. Previous research on the Duma has questioned the existence of such constituent-legislator links in the new Russia. Based upon a statistical analysis of Duma voting behaviour, this article argues that even when controlling for other factors the voting behaviour of Russian single-member district deputies was in fact influenced by constituent preferences.

Keywords: Duma; Russia; constituency; legislative behavior; legislature

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2002

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