Political and Economic Elites in Russia and Ukraine in Comparative Perspective

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00-16:30
Place: Meeting Room (Second floor), Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki

For many years, elite studies of post-soviet countries have been more or less sociological in a sense that they discussed elites' social background. This international workshop aims to shed some light to elite studies from different perspectives. 

In the morning session, Peter Rutland and Taras Kuzio will give us the overviews of these counties and more detailed papers and discussion will follow in the two sessions of the afternoon.

The workshop is open to interested audience. To make sure there are enought seats, please register online by February 14th.

Seminar programme

10:00 - 11:20 Panel 1

  • Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University, USA)
    "The Russian case through the prism of elite theory"
  • Taras Kuzio (Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, USA)
    “Russian and Ukrainian Elites: A Comparative Study of Different Identities and Alternative Transitions”
  • Discussant: Vladimir Gel'man (Aleksanteri Institute)

13.20-14.40 Panel 2

  • Yuriy Matsiyevsky (National University of Ostroh Academy, Ukraine)
    “Institutions, elites and regime dynamics in post-Euromaidan Ukraine”
  • Inna Melnykovska (Central European University, Hungary/ Harvard University, USA)
    “Business Elite Autonomy and State Power in post-Maidan Ukraine”
  • Disucussant: Mark Teramae (Aleksanteri Institute)

15:00-16:20 Panel 3

  • Fabian Burkhardt (University of Bremen, Germany)
    “Fathers and Sons: Kinship Networks and Public Administration in the Russian Federation”
  • Atsushi Ogushi (Keio University, Japan/ Aleksanteri Institute)
    “Russian Bureaucratic Elites: Patrimonial or Technocratic?”
  • Discussant:
    Andrey Starodubtsev (Aleksanteri Institute)
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    For further information, please contact Atsushi Ogushi (oatsushi@law.keio.ac.jp).