International Network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) is a network-based research-training and mobility programme for doctoral candidates. The INREES offers visiting exchange periods in Finland for doctoral candidates from our partner universities in Europe.
In the INREES seminars, the visiting fellows and the members of the INREES network present their ongoing research projects. The seminars are organized in a hybrid format at the Aleksanteri Institute. The topics address various topics in the field of social sciences and humanities. We would like to warmly welcome all scholars and students of Eurasia as well other interested audiences to join our meetings!
Ethnopolitics and Parliamentary Democracy: from Israel to Latvia
This paper is mainly the results of my first attempts to identify a fitting theoretical framework for my forthcoming dissertation on ethnopolitics in Latvia. In the text, I draw on different theoretical debates concerning the relation between democracy and ethnicity. I then synergize these theoretical strands into a model that serves to describe the reasons why and how democracies become pervaded by ethnopolitics, and the effects that this development tends to have on the quality of democracy. Lastly, I apply the model on the Latvian presidential elections held earlier this year in an attempt to explain the rationales of different actors against the backdrop of ethnopolitical considerations.
Gustav Lundberg is a PhD candidate at the Södertörn University. This summer he is working as an INREES visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.
Discussant: Sari Autio-Sarasmo, University of Helsinki
Chair: Kaarina Aitamurto, University of Helsinki