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Prosecutors and Presidents in New Democracies: The Russia Case

Title
Prosecutors and Presidents in New Democracies: The Russia Case
Authors
Lee, Sun-WooWhite, Stephen
DGIST Authors
Lee, Sun-Woo
Issue Date
2017
Citation
Japanese Journal of Political Science, 18(1), 1-21
Type
Article
Article Type
Article
ISSN
1468-1099
Abstract
This article aims at an empirical verification of prosecutors' partisan behavior through a case study based on the Russian President Yeltsin and Putin periods. According to Gretchen Helmke's original theory of strategic defection, dependent judges may occasionally check their principal, the executive leadership, by withdrawing their support in the course of an electoral cycle. However, a modified theory of strategic defection can be readily applied to civil-law prosecutors' behavior in new presidential democracies, where several presidents dominated that office during most of their tenure but experienced prosecutorial defection in their final phase. Russia provides a textbook case for examining the modified theory in relation to prosecutors' partisan behavior against an incumbent president. Meanwhile, this paper uses within-case analysis based on a qualitative method, because the methodological approach can have more advantages in discovering whether prosecutors acted 'really' strategically when an incumbent government was outgoing in Russia, and in further explaining a pattern of prosecutors' partisan attitudes in new presidential democracies, through the modified version of Helmke's theory. © Copyright Cambridge University Press 2017.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11750/4269
DOI
10.1017/S1468109916000293
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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Collection:
School of Undergraduate Studies1. Journal Articles


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