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Market Reform, Regional Energy and Popular Representation: Evidence from Post-Soviet Russia

  • Theocharis N. Grigoriadis
  • Benno Torgler

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    (QUT)

This article investigates the relative impact of regional energy production on the energy voting choices of State Duma deputies between 1994 and 2003, controlling for other factors such as party affiliation, electoral mandate, committee membership and socio-demographic parameters. We apply Poole’s optimal classification method of roll call votes using an ordered probit model to explain energy market reform in the first decade of Russia’s democratic transition. Our main finding is that the gas production factor is inter temporally important in the formation of the deputies’ legislative choices and shows Gazprom’s strategic position in the post-Soviet Russian economy. The oil production factor is variably significant in the two first Dumas, when the main legislative debates on oil privatization occur. The energy committee membership tends to consistently explain pro-reform voting choices. The pro-and anti-reform poles observed in our Poole-based single dimensional scale are not necessarily connected with liberal and state-oriented policies respectively.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology in its series School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series with number 221.

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Date of creation: 28 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:qut:dpaper:221
Note: Theocharis N. Grigoriadis, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prospect Vernadskogo 76, 119454, Moscow, Russia, and The Delegation of the European Commission to the Russian Federation, Economic, Trade and Agriculture Section, Kadashevskaya Nab. 14/1, 119017, Moscow, Russia, email: theocharis.grigoriadis@ec.europa.eu, theocharis.grigoriadis@gmail.com; Benno Torgler, The School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia, CREMA Centre for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland, and CESifo Munich, email: benno.torgler@qut.edu.au. For helpful comments and suggestions, thanks are due to Fuad Aleskerov, Keith T. Poole, and Thomas Remington. We would also like to thank the Moscow-based INDEM Foundation for the generous provision of the roll call data. Please address all correspondence to Theocharis N. Grigoriadis.
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  1. Fleck, Robert K & Kilby, Christopher, 2002. " Reassessing the Role of Constituency in Congressional Voting," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 112(1-2), pages 31-53, July.
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