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Evgeniia Rodygina
The Evolution of Voter Preferences in the Kirov Region 1995-2012
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2016
The study focuses on the dynamics of changes in electoral preferences of residents of the Kirov region in the period 1995-2012, which successfully illustrates the transition from protest to controlled voting.

The importance of the research topic lies in the analysis of the electoral trends in a region of the Russian Federation and the diagnosis of the electoral nihilism of the citizens. The author uses some comparative and statistical methods to analyze and elicit the geo-electoral structure of the region during five electoral cycles in terms of the struggle of five political camps. The data is taken from various sources, including the works of classical political theorists and sociologists, the official socio-economic and demographic statistics, press reports (in the Federal and regional media) etc. The author aims to find some specific character of the voting behavior in the Kirov region by comparing the voting results in the region with ones in the other “Russian” regions of the Volga zone and the Russian

Federation.

The evolution of the geo-electoral structure of the Kirov region was influenced, first of all, by socio-economic factors, because this is subsidized region among a number of industrialized areas attractive for investment at various levels. The socio-economic troubles motivated the main trends in the voting behavior and sympathies for one or another political camp. The most important features of the geo-political structure of the region were a constant leaning towards the slogans of the left and the national-populists, the liberals’ and centrist opposition’s political weakness and the electoral gains of the pro-government centrists due which were contributed by the wide use of administrative means.

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