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The idea of a city for people as a factor in the localization of protest voting in new residential complexes
Institute of Design and Urbanism, ITMO University, Russian Federation, 199034, St. Petersburg. (Institute of Design and Urban Studies)
International Institute for Monitoring Democracy Development, Parliamentarianism and Suffrage Pro-tection of Citizens of IPA CIS Member Nations.
ITMO University. (Institute of Design and Urban Studies)
2022 (Russian)In: Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Sociology, ISSN 2541-9374, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 302-321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The gradual formation of income segregation in the post-Soviet city leads to the localization of protest voting. An important role in this process is played by new residential complexes (RCs), where a population with similar income levels and ideas about the quality of the living environment is accumulated. The gap between expectations and reality when purchasing housing under construction, as well as the discrepancy between the quality of the urban environment inside and outside the residential complex, lead to the emergence of hotbeds of protest voting in new residential complexes. The key concepts to explain such protest voting are “the right to the city” and “the city for the people.” Initially, these terms were associated with political activism aimed at increasing citizen participation in urban governance. On the territory of Russia, the idea of ​​a “city for people” becomes identical to the reproduction of its physical characteristics outside the political component. The attributes of a city for people, including safety, accessibility, and environmental comfort, are promoted by developers as part of marketing campaigns and influence demand. However, the systematic lack of declared elements in new residential complexes leads residents to political protest, which can be interpreted as the exercise of the right to the city, manifested in a critical attitude towards the infringement of the rights of residents by developers and city administration and a request for equal participation in city management. The article examines in detail an example of protest voting in the new residential complex “I am Romantic”, located in the alluvial territories of St. Petersburg. The polling station, located on the territory of a residential complex, stands out from neighboring polling stations in terms of the level of protest voting, which was especially pronounced in the elections for the governor of St. Petersburg. The gap between expectation and reality and between the internal space of a residential complex and the urban environment external to it pushes residents to protest voting.

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St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg State University , 2022. Vol. 15, no 4, p. 302-321
Keywords [en]
electoral behavior, urban segregation, protest voting, city for the people, right to the city
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-215699DOI: 10.21638/spbu12.2022.401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-215699DiVA, id: diva2:1807294
Available from: 2023-10-25 Created: 2023-10-25 Last updated: 2023-10-26Bibliographically approved

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