Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, July 06, 2012

And no direct elections because…

For many years, U.S. Senators were chosen by state legislatures. Members of Russia's Federation Council are now chosen that way, but President Putin says he wants the upper house to be more democratic. So, why not direct elections?

Russia's Putin orders reform of Parliament
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered an overhaul of the upper house of Parliament in an apparent reaction to criticism that the Federation Council is little more than a vacation retreat for officials…

Putin said in an address to the Council that the reforms should make it "more democratic," maintaining that they "fully correspond to the logic of the development of our political system on the whole."…

Members of the upper house are currently elected by local legislatures. Putin's bill, which is expected to get parliamentary approval, would allow elected regional governors to appoint a member of their team to the Council with the idea that they would be accountable for the members they appoint…

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