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Russia: new research shows even authoritarian regimes struggle to pass laws

  • When we think of parliaments in non-democratic states, we often think of a room full of raised hands.

This compelling image of unanimity conveys a simple idea: that these assemblies are stuffed with loyal servants of the ruling elite.

  • Ben Noble
  • The Conversation

Rather than scrutinise, challenge, amend, and block initiatives from the government, they provide guaranteed support.

Duma 3cRather than act as a check on executive power, they provide symbolic, merely ceremonial approval.

Or that’s how the conventional wisdom goes.

There is evidence, however, that jars against this “rubber stamp” image.

In a new research paper, I…

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