The political geography of European Russia: Republics and oblasts
A prominent American Sovietologist and specialist on Russian government and politics examines the 1996 presidential election in European Russia and correlates regional voting patterns with attitudes toward economic reform, the West, and the disintegration of the USSR. The study presents the results of a March 1997 survey, which incorporated 3,800 responses from young adults aged 17 to 33 in the oblasts and 13,000-16,000 responses from high school students in republic capitals. It identifies and explains differences in voting patterns in ethnic versus non-ethnic territorial units, noting anomalous shifts in voting between the first and second rounds. Also presented and analyzed are young people's attitudes toward the principal candidates as well as economic issues. Journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: H10, I31, O52. 31 tables, 19 references.
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