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Book chapter

Regional Aspects of National Elections in Russia

P. 143-165.

The second electoral cycle provided a new opportunity for regionally specific analysis of elections in Russia. The Russian electoral space is discussed in this chapter as a geographical formation characterized by territorial differentiation. Structural and functional geographic analysis of elections is almost unlimited due to the extremely complex and exhaustive division of the country. If one is to seek cross-sectional and time serial regularities and trends in Russia, the choice of an electoral map made up only of a patchwork of federal units must be avoided. The high degree of heterogeneity within them produces inaccuracy in the analysis. The geography of elections can be adequately analyzed only on the basis of data for compact localities. We make use of cities and administrative
districts whose heterogeneity can be assumed to be less significant in a nationwide analysis. This treatment of basic structural units of electoral space as electoral process components is in line with current political geography usage. According to the literature, a nation-wide political process consists of numerous local processes, with the resulting total sum always being greater than the arithmetic sum.
 



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Edited by: V. Y. Gelman, E. Y. Meleshkina, G. Golosov. Berlin: Edition Sigma, 2005.