Policy Memos by Regina Smyth

Regina Smyth 07-23-2012

In the period leading up to Vladimir Putin's decisive victory in the first round of Russia's presidential election, individual personalities and not democratic institutions once more became the focus of analysis. This debate, reminiscent of Soviet era Kremlinology,...

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Regina Smyth 07-23-2012

"These elections are not about issues, they are about power." During the Russian parliamentary elections in December 1999 any number of people could claim this statement. This characterization--along with the perception that this election included the dirtiest...

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Regina Smyth 07-23-2012

US, NGO and Russian efforts to build effective political parties in Russia have met with limited success. Despite the clear potential for Russian parties to foster elite cooperation over policy solutions and popular control of government, elections have revealed...

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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Law
Indiana University