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The Burden of Pseudo-Existing Choice

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Levada, Yuri

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Corporate Editor Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Abstract The pseudo-alternative nature of the forthcoming presidential election in Russia is a logical out come of the vertical of power and influence that has been formed for many years in this state. Starting from that pre supposition, the author analyzes the public opinion dynamics among Russian citizens relative to the assumed criteria of choice as to a presidential contender on behalf of the party in power (i.e. “winner”), on the one hand, as well as the electoral intentions and expectations of the population, on the other hand. Based on this analysis, the author concludes that the interdependence between the functions of the ruling clique and the masses may change as a result of a transition from a “procedural” to an historical choice. A new structure of society characterized by a gradual weakening of the highest ranks can pave the way for modern patterns of two-sided dependencies in the future.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Collection Title Ukrainian Sociological Review 2006-2007
Editor Golovakha, Yevhen
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 45-57
ISBN 978-966-02-5153-3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications