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In western liberal democracies, voting behavior is often times characterized by sociological and psychological indicators. Party identification and issues such as the economy dominant the vote function of the electorate. In the post-Soviet space, party volatility and the competitive authoritarian nature of regimes may result in voters failing to act as agents of accountability. In this dissertation, I argue that the socio-psychological theory of voting behavior applies to post-Soviet electorate in the Caucasus. I demonstrate that Armenian and Georgian voters rely on partisanship as well as perceptions of the economy when casting electoral judgment on the incumbent party. This research furthers the applicability of the socio-psychological theory beyond countries with mature and durable party structures, and demonstrates that voters in competitive authoritarian regimes can act as agents of electoral accountability.
Economic Voting; Patronal Voting; Post-Soviet Politics; Post-Soviet Voter; Voting Behavior
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Oganesyan, Rafael, "The Post-Soviet Voter: Evidence From The Caucasus" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3741.
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