Book Popular support for an undemocratic regime : the changing views of Russians / Richard Rose, William Mishler and Neil Munro.
Associated Name: Mishler, William, 1947-
Associated Name: Munro, Neil, 1970-
Publication year: 2011.
Call Number DK510.763 .R662 2011
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge ;New York : Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521224185 0521224187 9781107009523 1107009529
Extent: vii, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
All forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary, in order to survive. 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, 18 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 stronger than the unstable benefits of exporting oil and gas. Russia's popular support for an undemocratic regime is representative of a surprising number of regimes around the world that have also been able to mobilize and create the same support.
Introduction : the need for popular support -- Democratic and undemocratic models of support -- Changing the supply of regimes -- Putin consolidates a new regime -- Increasing support for an undemocratic regime -- Individual influences on regime support -- Time tells : there is no alternative -- Finessing the challenge of succession -- The challenge of economic reversal -- Maintaining a regime : democratic or otherwise.