Putin's United Russia Party

By S. P. Roberts

© 2011 – Routledge

226 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

From its inception in 2001, the United Russia Party has rapidly developed into a hugely successful, organisationally-complex political party and key component of power. This book provides a much needed analysis on United Russia by exploring the role of the party in the Russian political system, from 2000 to 2010. It explores the party empirically, as an impressive organisation in its own right, but also theoretically, as an independent or explanatory variable able to illumine the larger development of dominant-power politics in Russia in the same period.

The book creates a model to understand the role of political parties in electorally-based political systems and shows how United Russia conforms to this model, and importantly, how the party also has unique features that affect its place in the political system. The book goes on to argue that United Russia represents a ‘virtual’ party hegemony, an outcome of political changes occurring elsewhere, and so a reversal of the typical relationship between parties and power found in comparative literature. This has potentially far reaching implications for our understanding of party dominance in the twenty-first century and also the sources of regime stability and instability.

Table of Contents

1. Ruling parties and dominant-power politics: the theoretical framework 2. Parties of power: the origins of United Russia 3. Managing elections: delivering the right result 4. Governance in the post-Yeltsin period: the locale of power 5. The Politics of stability: United Russia as an intergrative force 6. Parties and regime outcomes: the post-Yeltsin ruling party

About the Author

Sean P. Roberts is a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL015000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POL025000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General