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Journal Article

Voting 'Against All' in Postcommunist Russia

Ian McAllister and Stephen White
Europe-Asia Studies
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Jan., 2008), pp. 67-87
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20451473
Page Count: 21
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Voting 'Against All' in Postcommunist Russia
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Abstract

Since the early 1990s voters in Russia (and most of the other post-Soviet republics) have been offered the opportunity to vote 'against all' parties and candidates. Increasing numbers have done so. The evidence of two post-election surveys indicates that 'against all' voters are younger than other voters, more urban and more highly educated. They do not reject liberal democracy, but are critical of the contemporary practice of Russian politics and find no parties that adequately reflect their views. With the ending of the 'against all' facility in 2006 and other changes in the Russian electoral system under the Putin presidency, levels of turnout are likely to fall further and the protest vote will seek other outlets within or outside the parliamentary system.

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