International conference: "Critical Issues in the Research of Contemporary Russian Politics”

FiDiPro Professorship “Politics and Governance in Russia in a Comparative Perspective” (funded by the Academy of Finland) at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki organises an international conference entitled "Critical Issues in the Research of Contemporary Russian Politics".

Time: 1-2 June 2017
Venue: Hall 13, Main Building of the University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33.
Registration: All participants are kindly requested to register for the conference by filling in the online registration form by 29 May 2017. The participation is free of charge.


1 June 2017

9.15 Coffee

9.30 – Opening remarks
Vladimir Gel’man (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and European University at St.Petersburg )
Markku Kivinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
Kimmo Nuotio (Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki)

10.00 Panel 1. Rethinking Structure and Agency in Post-Soviet Regime Changes
Chair: Linda Cook (Brown University / Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute)
Henry Hale (George Washington University): Explaining Post-Soviet Authoritarianism, 1992–2015
Lucan Way (University of Toronto): The Structural Sources of Post-Soviet Regime Trajectories
Sam Greene (King’s College, London): Running to Stand Still: State-Led Regime Change in Russia CANCELLED
Vladimir Gel’man: Bringing Actors Back In: Political Choices and Sources of Post-Soviet Regime Dynamics
Discussant: Oleksandr Fisun (Kharkiv National University / Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute)

12.30 – lunch break

14.00 Panel 2. State-Society Relations in Contemporary Russia
Chair: Meri Kulmala (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
Jussi Lassila (Finnish Institute of International Affairs): Populism in Russia since 2011: Conditions and Manifestations
Graeme Robertson (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill): Getting the Opposition Together: Protest Coordination in Hybrid Regimes
Andreas Umland (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv): Revolutionary versus Restorative Imperialism in Russian Political Discourse: A Spectral-Analytical Interpretation of the Irredentist Turn in Putin's Foreign Policy
Cameron Ross (University of Dundee): The Russian Middle Class: A Catalyst for Democratic Change
Discussant: Markku Kangaspuro (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

16.30 Final FiDiPro Reception (open for all conference guests)
Venue: Teacher's Lounge, P219, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3.

2 June 2017

9.45 Coffee

10.00 Panel 3. Territorial Dimension of Russian Politics: Regional Governance and Federal Control
Chair: Anna-Liisa Heusala (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (King’s College, London): Corruption, Governance and Second Best Institutions in Russia’s Regions
Alexander Libman (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich): Variations of Control: How Moscow Selects Its Regional Representatives
Andrey Starodubtsev (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki): Decentralize but not Federalize: Coordination, Subordination and Control in the Russian Territorial Governance
Discussant: Irina Busygina (Moscow State Institute of International Relations)

12.00 – lunch break

13.30 Panel 4. Governing the Russian State
Chair: Daria Gritsenko (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
Brian Taylor (Syracuse University): How Russia is Misruled
Ella Paneyakh (Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg): Governmentality in Russian State Organizations: Law Enforcement, Regulative Bodies, and Social Welfare
Kirill Rogov (Liberal’naya Missiya Foundation, Moscow): Functions of Repressions in Authoritarian Governance: The Case of Post-Crimea Putin’s Russia
Vladimir Gel’man (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and European University at St.Petersburg): Politics vs. Policy: Technocratic Traps of Post-Soviet Reforms
Discussant: Marina Khmelnitskaya (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

16.00 – Concluding remarks

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