Индекс демократии для регионов России: динамика 1990-2000-х годов
Evaluation of the sub-national level democracy in the context of the postcommunist transition calls for tools relevant to this specific case. In the article a new index is suggested for evaluating democratic and authoritarian trends in postcommunist Russia at the sub-national level; N. Petrov’s hypothesis about partial democratization in authoritarian regions during early 2000s is verified. The article presents the index structure, its theoretical argumentation (concepts of R. Dahl, T. Vanhanen, G. Almond and S. Verba, A. Hirschman), methods of calculation, and general results and conclusions for the period from 1997 to 2015. Prospects and limitations of the democracy index proposed are discussed through the example of Ukraine.