The Dynamic Nationalisation of Voting for United Russia: the Stability / Instability of Regional Deviations from National Results

Petr Panov, Cameron Ross (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Based on the results of Duma and Presidential elections over the period 2003–2016, this article examines cross-regional variation in static and dynamic nationalisation of voting for United Russia (UR). The main finding is that in an overwhelming majority of Russian regions, a high level of static nationalisation is accompanied by a high level of dynamic nationalisation. In most of the regions, voting for UR rises or falls in a consistent manner across the elections. Cross-regional variations in both static and dynamic nationalisation of UR’s support are mostly explained by the degree of authoritarianism in Russian regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalEast European Politics
Issue number1
Early online date20 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018



  • Elections
  • United Russia
  • cross-regional variations
  • static and dynamic party nationalisation

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