PONARS Eurasia workshop

Aleksanteri Institute together with PONARS Eurasia (New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia), and Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, will run two-days academic workshop entitled

Regimes, Institutions, and Change: Post-Soviet Eurasia in Comparative Perspective

10-11 June 2016
University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

The workshop will bring together more than twenty leading scholars of comparative politics of post-Soviet regions from the USA, Europe, and Eurasia, as well as scholars from the Aleksanteri Institute. The event is open for all interested parties.

Please fill in the online registration form by Friday 3 June.


Program in pdf

Seminar program Friday, June 10

09:00 – 09:15 Opening Remarks (Sali 6)

  • 09:15-11:00 I.  Political Institutions
    Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg; University of Helsinki
    “Political Foundations of Post-Soviet Bad Governance: Toward a Research Agenda”  
  • Ora John Reuter, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (co-authors: Timothy Frye, Columbia University; Higher School of Economics, Moscow and David Szakonyi, Columbia University)
    “Vote Brokers, Clientelist Appeals, and Voter Turnout in Russia”  
  • Andrey Starodubtsev, University of Helsinki
    “Intergovernmental relations in the context of political uncertainty in an authoritarian state (the case of the Russian Federation)”

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 II. Political Institutions in Ukraine (Sali 6)

  • Erik S. Herron, West Virginia University
    “Ukrainian Politics and the Failures of Accountability”
  • Sergiy Kudelia, Baylor University
    “Cohabitation Without a Bang: Why Has Ukraine’s Divided-Executive Turned Quiet?”
  • Oxana Shevel, Tufts University (co-author: Maria Popova, McGill University)
    “Why Donbas? Explaining violent rebellion in Ukraine”

13:00 Lunch break

14:30-16:00  III (Panel A): Political Economy (Sali 6)

  • Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College
    “Flat Tax Diffusion in the Post-Communist World: How a Neoliberal Reform Lost its Partisan Identity”
  • Juliet Johnson, McGill University
    “Currency Crises in Post-Soviet Russia”
  • Anna Lowry, University of Helsinki
    “Russia’s Economic Diversification and the Future of Development: Eurasian Integration Initiatives amid Shifts in Global Governance”  

14:30-16:00  III (Panel B): Identity and Politics (Sali 14)

  • Julie A. George, Queens College
    “Conflict Management and Contested Territory: Public Opinion, State Reforms and
    Secessionist Movements in Georgia and Moldova”
  • Harris Mylonas, George Washington University
    “Post-Ottoman Nation-Building Policies: Legacy or Geostrategic Choice?”
  • Nona Shahnazarian, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia
    “Eligibility and Political Representation in Armenia: How to Get More Women to Run?”

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 IV: Authoritarian Backsliding (Sali6)

  • Ivan Kurilla, European University at St. Petersburg
    “Volgograd Inhabitants, From Voice to Exit: Trajectory of Political Response to Authoritarian Development in the Post-Soviet Era”
  • Kelly McMann, Case Western Reserve University
    “Erosion of Democratic Rights and Institutions in Post-Soviet States”
  • Cory Welt, George Washington University
    “In the Shadow of Revolution: Authoritarian Hardening in Azerbaijan”

Seminar program Saturday, June 11

09:30 – 11:30  V (Panel A): Protest and State Response (Sali 6)

  • Samuel A. Greene, King’s College London
    “From Boom to Bust: Revisiting Russia’s Social Contracts in a Time of Hardship”
    Scott Radnitz, University of Washington“The Pitfalls of Peaceful Protest: Why Nonviolence Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be”
  • Regina Smyth, Indiana University
    “Movement Resilience and Patterns of Protest in Contemporary Autocracy”
  • Joshua A. Tucker, New York University (co-authors: Sergey Sanovich, New York University, and Denis Stukal, New York University)
    “Turning the Virtual Tables: Government Strategies for Addressing Online Opposition with an Application to Russia”

09:30 – 11:30  V (Panel B): Authoritarian Practices and Legitimacy (Sali 14)

  • Henry Hale, George Washington University
    “Rallying Behavior in Conflict: Evidence from a Panel Survey in Russia 2012-15”
  • Marina Khmelnitskaya, University of Helsinki
    “Strategic policy plans of the Russian state: the “hollow paradigm” perspective”
  • Jussi Lassila, University of Helsinki
    “Populism and the Kremlinʼs Missing Political Identity”
  • Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu, Estonia
    “Entertain and Govern: From Sochi 2014 to FIFA 2018”  

11:30  Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 VI: Foreign Influences on Democratization (Sali 6)

  • Yuriy Matsiyevsky, Ostroh Academy National University, Ukraine
    “Western Leverage, Russia’s resistance and Breakdown of Yanukovych’s Regime”
  • Alexandra Yatsyk, Kazan Federal University
    “Beyond the West: Democracy Promotion and its Spill-over Effects in Georgia”

13:00  Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30   VII: Social Bases for Authoritarian Policies (Sali 6)

  • Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University and Henry Hale, George Washington University
    “Crimea Come What May: Sources of Social Support for Costly Territorial Expansionism” 
  • Sean R. Roberts. George Washington University
    “The Everyday Practices of Authoritarianism:  Social Capital as a Deterrent to Democratization in the Post-Soviet Space”
  • John Schoeberlein, Nazarbayev University
    “Saving Society from Suspect Religion: Secularism and Popular Views of the Need for State Intervention in the Religious Sphere in Kazakhstan and Neighboring Countries”