The political implications of popular support for presidential term limits in Russia

Paul Chaisty, Professor of Russian and East European Politics, and Stephen Whitefield, Professor of Politics, have co-authored a new article for Post-Soviet Affairs on the limits of presidential terms in Russia.


With Vladimir Putin having commenced his second term, the issue of the constitutional limit of two successive terms for the president has again become politically salient in Russia. In this article, two specialists of Russian politics investigate public support in 2018 for term limits. Profs Chaisty and Whitefield address three questions. Why does the issue of term limits matter? To whom in Russia does it matter? Is opposition to abolishing terms limits likely to be politically divisive? Their findings point in general to a shift in the level and character of support for term limits since 2012. Opposition to term limits has grown over time, and while in 2012 support for term limits was drawn from supporters of more authoritarian leadership, today it includes engaged democrats with negative views of the economic situation. They also find that supporters of term limits remain more likely to support political protest.

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    Volume 35, Issue 4 of Post-Soviet Affairs
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Prof Paul Chaisty is Professor of Russian and East European PoliticsProfessor Stephen Whitefield is Professor of Politics, Rhodes Pelczynski Tutorial Fellow in Politics, Pembroke College