Performance Incentives under Autocracy: Evidence from Russia's Regions

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Noah Buckley

Trinity College (Dublin); National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ora John Reuter

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Political Science; National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

Available evidence indicates that there is considerable variation among autocracies in the extent to which subnational officials are rewarded for economic growth. Why is economic performance used as a criterion for appointment in some autocracies but not in others? Using data on turnover among high-level economic bureaucrats in Russia’s 89 regions between 2001 and 2012, we find that performance-based appointments are more frequent in less competitive regions. In more competitive — though still autocratic — regions, the political imperatives of maintaining a political machine that can win semi-competitive elections may lead regime leaders to abandon cadre policies that promote economic development.

Suggested Citation

Buckley, Noah and Reuter, Ora John, Performance Incentives under Autocracy: Evidence from Russia's Regions (November 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2506868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2506868

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