Putin is sure to win, so what’s the point of elections in Russia?

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


In liberal democracies, contested elections and regular change of government are the hallmarks of democratic legitimacy. Elections clearly do not perform this role in Russia as there hasn’t been a change of government by ballot box since 1991.

Instead, elections in Russia legitimise its political regime. In addition to international recognition, Russia’s post-Soviet transition from the Soviet one-party state produced a domestic consensus on the necessity of multi-candidate elections. So, elections still take place, but they’re heavily controlled and don’t lead to a change in government. What we have in Russia is, therefore, a form of electoral authoritarianism.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


  • Russia
  • Russian politics
  • Russian nationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'Putin is sure to win, so what’s the point of elections in Russia?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this