The effect of district: Russian single-member district deputies and their constituents' preferences

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-126
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Legislative Studies
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

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