Regional protest and electoral fraud: evidence from analysis of new data on Russian protest

Lankina, Tomila and Skovoroda, Rodion (2017) Regional protest and electoral fraud: evidence from analysis of new data on Russian protest. East European Politics, 33 (2). pp. 253-274. ISSN 2159-9173

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Does electoral fraud encourage post-electoral protests? To explore the likelihood that citizens would pick up on electoral irregularities perpetrated in their region and engage in post-electoral protest we analyse regional protest event data and voting results for 95,415 precincts in Russia's 2012 presidential elections. We find that regional fraud is associated with post-electoral sub-national protests. Our analysis has important theoretical and policy implications. Protests that not only target specific issues like fraud, but show awareness of where it had been perpetrated can be much more effective than those where blame attribution is vague and generic.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in East European Politics on 28 November 2016, available online:
Keywords: Protests, electoral fraud, last-digit fraud detection method, Russia, sub-national, local, competitive authoritarian, electoral authoritarian, uncertainty, democracy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1080/21599165.2016.1261018
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 08:15
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 22:49

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