Staging Democracy: Political Performance in Ukraine, Russia, and Beyond (Paperback)

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Staging Democracy: Political Performance in Ukraine, Russia, and Beyond (Paperback)

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Focusing on the experiences of people in Russia and Ukraine, Staging Democracy shows how some national leaders' seeming popularity rests on local economic compacts. Jessica Pisano draws on long-term research in rural communities and company towns, analyzing how local political and business leaders, seeking favor from incumbent politicians, used salaries, benefits, and public infrastructure to pressure citizens to participate in command performances.

Pisano looks at elections whose outcome was known in advance, protests for hire, and smaller mises en sc ne to explain why people participate, what differs from spectacle in totalitarian societies, how political theater exists in both authoritarian and democratic systems, and how such performances reshape understandings of the role of politics.

Staging Democracy moves beyond Russia and Ukraine to offer a novel economic argument for why some people support Putin and similar politicians. Pisano suggests we can analyze politics in both democracies and authoritarian regimes using the same analytical lens of political theater.

Jessica Pisano is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of The Post-Soviet Potemkin Village.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501764202
ISBN-10: 1501764209
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2022
Pages: 252
Language: English