PO SC 1040 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Proportional Representation

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4 Apr 2017
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Russia’s Regime Structure – POSC 1040
1. Federal (vs. unitary)
a. 83 federal subjects (states)
a.i. 21 republics ( areas of non-Russian ethnicity aka minorities)
a.i.1. right to own language
a.i.2. can have their own constitution
a.i.3. powerful executives, but are appointed by Russian
President
a.i.4. often secessionist movement
a.i.4.a. wanted to be their own country so they were
given more power instead
2. Presidential – Parliamentary
a. Presidential – elected by the people
b. Parliamentary – elected by parliament
c. But not “democratic”
3. In summary
a. Russia’s system “has permitted the concentration and even abuse of
presidential authority as well as an inefficient, disjointed decision-making
process… a super-presidential system
b. Political elites flout the rule of law, parties disconnected from the votes,
mass support for democracy is feeble
4. Dual Executive
a. President
a.i. 6 year terms
a.ii. nominates the prime minister; must be “approved” by the duma
(parliament)
a.iii. agenda setter
a.iv. can issue decrees
a.iv.1. no checks from parliament
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