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Party-system institutionalization and democracy: the case of Russia

Wilson, K.; (2008) Party-system institutionalization and democracy: the case of Russia. (Economics Working Papers 91). Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, SSEES, UCL: London, UK. Green open access


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Party-system institutionalization and its implications for democratic consolidation is an important sub-field in the study of political parties. The conventional view is that an institutionalized party system is better for democracy than an under-institutionalized one. This article considers the case of party-system institutionalization and democracy in Russia, and its implications for our understanding of the relationship between party-system institutionalization and democracy. The analysis finds, contrary to the expectations of the literature, that this relationship has been inverse in Russia i.e. as the party system has institutionalized democracy has declined. The Russian case shows that the link between party-system institutionalization and democracy does not necessarily hold and suggests that the conditions in which party-system institutionalization has democratizing effects need to be specified more precisely.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Party-system institutionalization and democracy: the case of Russia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/wp91sum.htm
Language: English
Keywords: Party systems, institutionalization, democratization, Russia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/17454
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