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Publication d'un article dans la revue "Post-Soviet Affairs"

Publié le 6 juillet 2020, Mis à jour le 6 juillet 2020

Laurent Weill, directeur du LaRGE, a publié un article dans la revue "Post-Soviet Affairs", écrit en collaboration avec un professeur de l'Université de Gand.

Post-Soviet Affairs

Post-Soviet Affairs

Laurent Weill (LaRGE, EM Strasbourg)  et Koen Schoors (Université de Gand) ont co-écrit un article intitulé "Politics and Baking in Russia: The Rise of Putin". 

Abstract :
We investigate whether lending by the dominant Russian state bank, Sberbank, contributed to Vladimir Putin’s ascent to power during the presidential elections of March2000. Our hypothesis is that Sberbank corporate loans were used as incentives for managers at private firms to mobilize employees to vote for Putin. In line with our proposed voter mobilization mechanism, we find that the growth of regional corporate Sberbank loans in the months before the presidential election is related to the regional increase in votes for Putin and to the regional increase in voter turnout between the Duma election of December1999 and the presidential election of March2000. The effect is pronounced in regions where the governor is affiliated with the regime and in regions with extensive private employment, and less apparent in regions bequeathed with single-company towns, where voter intimidation suffices to get the required result. The results are highly robust.

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Post-Soviet Affairs is devoted to the study of the polities, economies, societies, and foreign relations of Russia and other republics of the former USSR. Its primary focus is on the tension between impulses of reform, liberalization, and modernization in the region and legacies of corruption, suppression of civil liberties, and other manifestations of the Soviet (and pre-Soviet) past.
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