Presidential Support in the Russian State Duma



    1. Emory University
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    • Thomas F. Remington is Professor of Political Science, Emory University, 306 Tarbutton Hall, 1555 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.


Recent comparative research on presidential systems has analyzed the ways in which presidents build majorities for their legislative agendas. Through an analysis of roll-call votes from the 2000-03 Russian State Duma on a set of issues reflecting President Putin's legislative agenda, I examine the impact of parliamentary party affiliation, policy preferences, issue type, and electoral mandate type on structuring floor support for the president. I also assess the implications of a mixed electoral system for building legislative coalitions in multiparty legislatures. Further, my findings shed light on Putin's recent reforms of the Duma's rules and procedures and the country's electoral system.