Local Opposition, Local Issues? Exploring the Dynamics of Urban Competition in Authoritarian Regimes Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Norton, Sean
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • A growing literature on post-communist states suggests that urban electoral and contentious dynamics are key for understanding regime trajectories and ruling party strength. However, our understanding of what drives patterns of political competition and contention at the municipal level remains thin. This lack of knowledge is problematic; while we may know that urban politics often precede important national-level contentious outbursts or electoral shifts, we remain in the dark as to how actors initially gain support in urban areas. This paper exploits data on Moscow’s most recent municipal council elections and a large, highly-salient housing program to examine the determinants of political support at Russia's lowest level of governance. Using geodata on the housing project at the polling station level, I expect that polling stations surrounded by a higher number of included buildings recorded higher levels of opposition vote, controlling for past opposition support.
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  • Olivella, Santiago
  • Robertson, Graeme
  • Ballard-Rosa, Cameron
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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