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Electoral Protests and Political Attitudes under Electoral Authoritarianism

Tertytchnaya, K; Lankina, TV; (2020) Electoral Protests and Political Attitudes under Electoral Authoritarianism. Journal of Politics , 82 (1) pp. 285-299. 10.1086/705815. Green open access

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Abstract

Do opposition protests affect citizens’ attitudes in electoral autocracies? While existing research expects that as protests unfold in illiberal regimes support for the protesters will increase, there are only a few empirical tests of this hypothesis. Combining an original authorassembled protest event dataset with two nationally representative public opinion surveys that were in the field during the 2011-12 electoral protests in Russia, we examine whether and how protests affect political attitudes. We find that in the early weeks of the protest wave, opposition rallies generated support for the demands of the protest movement. Nevertheless, evidence also suggests that the effects of protests on attitudes are not uniform. The coverage of protests in national media, and the use of regime-led repression against protesters dampen support for the protest movement and its demands. Our findings make an original contribution to scholarship on authoritarian vulnerability and resilience to street discontent.

Type: Article
Title: Electoral Protests and Political Attitudes under Electoral Authoritarianism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/705815
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/705815
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080392
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