Energy polarization and popular representation: Evidence from the Russian Duma

Grigoriades, Theocharis & Torgler, Benno (2009) Energy polarization and popular representation: Evidence from the Russian Duma. Energy Economics, 31(2), p. 322.

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In this article we introduce the term “energy polarization” to explain the politics of energy market reform in the Russian Duma. Our model tests the impact of regional energy production, party cohesion and ideology, and electoral mandate on the energy policy decisions of the Duma deputies (oil, gas, and electricity bills and resolution proposals) between 1994 and 2003. We find a strong divide between Single-Member District (SMD) and Proportional Representation (PR) deputies High statistical significance of gas production is demonstrated throughout the three Duma terms and shows Gazprom's key position in the post-Soviet Russian economy. Oil production is variably significant in the two first Dumas, when the main legislative debates on oil privatization occur. There is no constant left–right continuum, which is consistent with the deputies' proclaimed party ideology. The pro- and anti-reform poles observed in our Poole-based single dimensional scale are not necessarily connected with liberal and state-oriented regulatory policies, respectively. Party switching is a solid indicator of Russia's polarized legislative dynamics when it comes to energy sector reform.

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ID Code: 32532
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Energy regulation, Legislative politics, State Duma, Market reform, Energy resources
DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2008.10.002
ISSN: 01409883
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2010 03:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:03

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