Elections in Russia
institute of democracy or attribute of authocracy?

Davyborets E.N.

Far-Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia westlake@yandex.ru

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Davyborets E.N. Elections in Russia: institute of democracy or attribute of authocracy?. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 10. P. 49-56


Elections might arguably either contribute to the making of democracy, or become a cover for authocratic order. It is criteria that matter, permitting to assess matching of organization and procedures of elections to democratic standards. Author proposes a classification of democratic election indices levels. This serves as a basis to analyze electoral process in Russia, its strong and weak sides, its matching to democracy criteria.

elections; democracy; democracy criteria; electoral process; political technologies; electoral culture
Content No 10, 2015