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Факторы успеха кандидатов-самовыдвиженцев на выборах в представительные органы столиц регионов России (2014-2018 гг.)

Политическая наука. 2019. № 1. С. 147-164.
Ткачева Т. Ю., Турченко М. С.

This paper discusses the success factors of self-nominees at the municipal level of today’s Russian politics. Based on the empirical data from the elections to the representative bodies of Russia’s regional administrative centers held in 2014–2018, it is shown that the electoral performance of independent candidates was directly dependent on their bargains with local branches of the United Russia party. We also discovered a connection between the electoral success of self-nominated candidates and a number of their personal characteristics, in particular, the presence of incumbent status, the possession of a high level of education, and the presence of administrative, social or economic capital at their disposal. The results indicate that, on the one hand, the success of self-nominees at the municipal level depends on agreements with pro-regime political forces, which is consistent with the logic of the political process in electoral authoritarian regimes. On the other hand, even in conditions of limited competition, those candidates having solid status attractive for voters will have more chances for being elected.