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Career Trajectories of Deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party: Political and Sociological Analysis

Student: Il`ya Zarankin

Supervisor: Valery Georgievich Ledyaev

Faculty: Faculty of Politics

Educational Programme: Master

Year of Graduation: 2014

Career Trajectories of Deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party: Political and Sociological AnalysisThis paper is devoted to the studying of Career Trajectories of Deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party for understanding how the authoritarian regime influences regularities of career trajectories of deputies from the party-spoiler. The author had collected the data bank on basis of deputies’ biographies, whereupon career trajectories were constructed.The aim of the paper is defining regularities in career trajectories of deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party. The tasks of the research are:1)to reveal regularities connected with career trajectories of political actors on basis of the conducted studies;2)to discover features of the “Just Russia” Party during the process of its evolution;3)to explore biographies of deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party;4)to construct models of career trajectories of deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party;5)to reveal regularities in career trajectories of deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party.After making research, the author comes to conclusion that there are no significant regularities in career trajectories of deputies of the 6th State Duma of the Russian Federation from the “Just Russia” Party. So, we can choose two channels of incorporation.The first of them is working in legislative bodies, which played a more important role, then working in executive bodies. However, this regularity is widespread if we speak about deputies. That’s why it cannot be a distinctive feature of career trajectories of “Just Russia” deputies.The second channel is previous membership in other parties. This evidence points at the thesis that cadre recruiting for the “Just Russia” Party was conducted in a random manner. Deputies who left their parties had a chance to incorporate into the State Duma with the party which had authorities’ support. The party also got profit as it attracted famous deputies who had working experience in other legislatures and parties. In result there were deputies loyal and opposition to authorities. Under changing policy of the party it led to the expulsion from the party of both groups’ representatives. Moreover, there are differences of continuation of career trajectories during the party evolution. The deputies of the 5th convocation could enter “United Russia” Party, whereas deputies from the next convocation could be expulsed from the party and enter opposition structures, often continuing to be deputies. Also deputies could go to other government bodies, but this fact was accompanied by treaties between party and authorities which provoked accusation of party in collaboration with authorities. This cadre recruiting shows inconsistency of the party, lack of defined strategy of development, which can tell on electoral results. However, activities of the party will depend on social and political context. If the law about imperative mandate will be passed, the quantity of deputies who have connections with regions will, probably, increase.Apparently, there are no significant regularities concerning recruiting cadres for the party-spoiler, but if we speak about other parties which exist under authoritarian regimes, some regularities can prevail. That is why we need a special paper devoted to this issue.

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