Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime: The Changing Views of Russians

Richard Rose, William Mishler, Neil Mallory Innes Munro

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To survive, all forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique source of evidence, eighteen surveys of Russian public opinion from the first month of the new regime in 1992 up to 2009, to track the changing views of Russians. Clearly presented and sophisticated figures and tables show how political support has increased because of a sense of resignation that is even stronger than the uncertain economic reliance on exporting oil and gas. Russia is not only an outstanding example of popular support increasing for a government that rejects democracy, but is also representative of a surprising number of regimes around the world that have been able to mobilize popular support for undemocratic regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages214
ISBN (Print)9781107009523, 9780521224185, 1107009529, 0521224187
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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