Presentation Outline. II. Political Institutions a) The Executive Branch b) The Legislative Branch c) The Judicial Branch d) The Party System e) The Electoral System. Mixed Presidential-parliamentary system. elects. appoints. II. a) The Executive Branch.
II. Political Institutions
a) The Executive Branch
b) The Legislative Branch
c) The Judicial Branch
d) The Party System
e) The Electoral System
Russia uses a mixed presidential-parliamentary system similar to that of France:
President (Chief Executive + Head of State)
Prime Minister (Head of Government)
1991 -2000 2000-2008 2008-2012 2012-2018
Former Constitutional Court Judge Yaroslavtsev was quoted in an interview in 2009 that “judges were increasingly subjected to pressure from the executive branch of government and the security services were running the country like in Soviet times.”
The Party system in Russia is much less mature than the British one. Fewer Russians identify with specific political parties. The strength and popularity of parties is largely influenced by powerful personalities.
Leader: Gennady Zyuganov
Leader: Vladimir Putin
Leader: Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Left Centre Right
To what extent do the above legislative results suggest the emergence of a one-party dominant state in Russia?
1996 Presidential Election with run-off vote
1) Compare and Contrast Russia’s President with Britain’s Prime Minister. Who has more power?
2) It has been said that Russia is a procedural or illiberal democracy. What evidence supports this claim?
3) Will Putin’s election to the presidency weaken or strengthen Russia’s democracy?