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Dismissals of Governors in a Comparative Perspective
Comparative Politics of Eurasia
The peculiarity of the functioning of the contemporary Russian political system is the high concentration of power resources in the federal center, which significantly weakens the position of regional political actors, including regional heads. Using the terminology of the principal-agent theory, it is possible to consider governors as agents ensuring the implementation of the principal's policy in the regions. The dismissal of the governor in this system can be seen as a possible dissatisfaction of the activity of the governor as the agent by the principal who is represented by the President. My paper aims at the question: what factors determined dismissals of governors under Dmitry Medvedev’s and Vladimir Putin’s third presidency terms? The answer to this question will help to understand the logic of the transformation of the Russian political regime and, perhaps, outline the possible trajectories of its further development. The resulting database includes 830 observations for 83 Russian regions for 2008-2017. Using the data analysis by the panel logistic regression method, it can be concluded that the work of political machines in the region, as well as the social performance, had a significant impact on the stability of governors in the office during this decade. However, the data do not indicate that during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, any factor played a greater role in comparison with the other period.