Year of Graduation
Challenger’ Cooptation as the Mechanism of Regional Political Regimes Stability: by the Example of Gubernatorial Elections in Contemporary Russia
Politics and Governance
My thesis is devoted to the problem of the usage of the mechanism of challengers’ cooptation at the gubernatorial elections in Russia. The study’s goal is to find out the factors that influence the way of the usage of the cooptation’s mechanism at the gubernatorial elections in the Russian subunits. All gubernatorial elections from 1995 to 2015 were analyzed. The results of the comparative analysis show that the usage of the cooptation’s mechanism is the unique case which is influenced by the incumbent’s political “weakness” in the region. If there are politically “strong” challengers, a politically “weak” governor has to ask the federal center for assistance. The federal authorities, in turn, incorporate politically “strong” challengers into the federal level of power. On the contrary, if there are no politically “strong” challengers in the region, the mechanism of cooptation is rarely used there.