Константин Сонин (ksonin) wrote,
Константин Сонин

Поиск по слову "Russia" в программе MPSA 2006

Если приехать на большую, человек, минимум, на 600, научную конференцию по экономике - типа AEA, EEA или NASM, там наверняка не будет ни одного доклада про Россию. Или будет один-два. Отчасти потому, что там вообще мало сравнительных исследований и мало работ про отдельные страны, отчасти потому что дискурс экономической науки не менее чуден, чем любой другой, отчасти потому, что эта тема была столь актуальной в течение пятидесяти лет, что у неё наметилась, лет десять назад, некоторая стагнация. Ну да ладно.

А вот тут я оказался на конференции по политологии, MPSA (здесь ссылка на программу всей конференции, там же можно получить большинство статей), второй по размеру среди ежегодных конференций в мире. Тысячи на 4 участников, сотен на 6 заседаний. И России посвящено докладов 40-50! Конечно, треть из них - аспиранты, которые после окончания учёбы не пойдут в науку. Конечно, как на всякой большой конференции, включение в программу очень мало говорит о качестве работы, но всё равно впечатляет, не правда ли? И темы, и вопросы, и места, где народ занимается такими проблемами. В-общем, смотрите сами: под катом - список статей - название, автор, 150 слов из аннотации, полученный бездумным поиском по слову "Russia".

The Federal Gamble in Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and

Heather L. Tafel, Grand Valley State University

Overview: This paper considers how the regime change
context and the nature of party development shape the resultant
types of intergovernmental bargaining prevalent in Brazil,
Russia, Spain, and South Africa.

Federal Theory and Prospects for Democracy in Russia

Mikhail Filippov, Binghamton University
Olga Shvetsova, Binghamton University

Overview: Based on the growing literature on federal
institutional stability, we draw a theoretical prediction where, in
order to preserve territorial integrity, the quality of democratic
political competition has to be either very high, or very low.

Promoting Parties? Electoral Effects of Russia's 2001 Party

Bryon Moraski, University of Florida

Overview: The paper examines the impact of Russia's 2001
party law on the organizational capacity of Russian parties
during the 2003 Duma election.

Independents and Partisans in the Russian Duma

Tanya G. Bagashka, University of Rochester

Overview: I address the following questions: 1)Did deputies
unaffiliated with a political party at the electoral stage vote as
non-partisans once in the Russian Duma?; 2)Were the
independent deputies more likely to follow the wishes of their
electoral district?

Sources Against All Candidates Vote in Post-Soviet SMDs

Raminta Stockute, University of Kansas

Overview: I examine the role and its extent of district
characteristics, candidate quality, and a set of parties in the
district's SMD-tier on the share of votes cast against all
candidates in the district. Focus: Russia and Ukraine (national

Law Making and Decree Making in the Russian Federation

Thomas F. Remington, Emory University
Moshe Haspel, Spelman College
Steven S. Smith, Washington University, Saint Louis

Overview: Based on the Russian case, we analyze the
constitutional, policy, and strategic considerations influencing a
president's choice over which institutional path to use in
enacting policy--bargaining with parliament over legislation or
unilateral decree.

Bad Civil Society and Its Effects on Democratic

Lauren Schapker, Miami University

Overview: While civil society and social capital are so often
considered essential to democratic consolidation, in Russia, the
emergence of bad civil society and the failure of social capital to
adhere are increasingly deterring democratic development.

Forgoing the Gains of Victory: US Disarmament Demands
at the Cold War's End

Matthew C. Fuhrmann, University of Georgia
Bryan R. Early, University of Georgia

Overview: This article uses prospect theory's psychological
model of decision making to explain US nuclear arms control
policies towards Russia in the immediate aftermath of the Cold

Businessman Candidates: The Nature of Special-Interest
Politics in Postcommunist Russia

Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Konstantin Sonin, New Economic School, Moscow
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, CEFIR, Moscow

Overview: We explore the phenomenon of businessman
candidates, businessmen who attempt to influence policy by
running for public office, using a unique dataset of matched
firm and candidate characteristics for all gubernatorial elections
in postcommunist Russia.

Persistence of the Institutions of Ethnicity in Russia,
Turkey, and Austria

Sener Akturk, University of California, Berkeley

Overview: The elites in post-imperial Russia, Turkey, and
Austria chose radically different approaches in institutionalizing
ethnicity in the 1920s. This paper investigates the reasons for
the persistence of these institutions of ethnicity until today...

Role of Local Authorities in Attracting Investment: China
and Russia

Irina G. Aervitz, Miami University

Overview: The paper focuses on the implementation of
investment policies in China and Russia at the local level.

Russia and the European Union: Never the Twain Shall

Mette Skak, Aarhus University, Denmark

Overview: The EU-Russia relationship is analyzed, notably the
failure of Russia's political class to comprehend the uniqueness
of a post-modern actor like the EU. The real options for close
cooperation, perhaps eventual Russian EU membership are

In the Shadow of the Bear: Polish-Russian Relations 1999-

Jacek Lubecki, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Overview: My paper examines Polish-Russian relations from
the time of Poland joining NATO in 1999 to the crisis of
summer 2005, when tensions between the countries escalated to
the point of beatings of Polish diplomatic personnel in Moscow
by "hooligans."

Education, Economy and Postmaterial Values: The
Evidence from Russia

Andrew Konitzer, Austin College
Renat Shaykhutdinov, Texas A&M University
Alexander Pacek, Texas A&M University

Overview: Our study critically re-examines the claims advanced
by the extant postmaterialism literature. Specifically, we suggest
that, in transition polities, economic conditions and education
levels might work in an opposite direction than expected.

Default Factors of Democratic Transitions in Belarus,
Ukraine, and Russia

Olga Zagoroulskaya, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Overview: This study attempts to use a comparative approach of
institutional and behavioral factors that contributed to failures of
democracy in some transitional countries. I examine Belarus
and compare it with Ukrainian and Russian models of transition.

Public Responses to Elite Changes in the Soviet
Participatory Arena

Cynthia S. Kaplan, University of California, Santa Barbara
Henry E. Brady, University of California, Berkeley

Overview: Public opinion polls and data on political
participation are used to trace how the mass public responded to
elite changes (mostly expansions) in the decision-making arena
by Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and others in the Soviet Union from
1985 to 1991.

Support for Regime Institutions and Political Actors in
Russia and the CIS

Christian W. Haerpfer, University of Aberdeen

Overview: The paper is analysing political support and trust in
regime institutions and political actors in eight post-Soviet
countries: Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova,
Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Believe but Verify? Russian Views and the Market

Nathaniel Wilcox, University of Houston
Andrew Austin, CERGE-EI

Overview: We use surveys and a double auction experiment to
study Russian beliefs about how markets works. Subjects
become less skeptical about economic theory after seeing the
double auction, but reactions of subgroups differ in interesting

Ukrainian Evangelicals and Russian Jews in Russian
Revolutionary Politics

Sergei I. Zhuk, Ball State University

Overview: The spread of the radical evangelical movement in
the Ukrainian countryside by the 1880s coincided with the
activities of the Jewish revolutionary intellectuals, who tried to
exploit the anti-state feelings of persecuted dissenters.

Traditional Religion - A Useful Tool in Policy-Making

Ringo Ringvee, Ministry of Interiors

Overview: The paper examines the use of religion-related issues
in the domestic and foreign politics. The examples are taken
from Estonia where the conflict between two Orthodox
Churches has had impact on the relations between Estonia and

Democratization's Effect on Development Through
Privatization: Evidence from China, Russia, and Post-
Socialist Europe

Andrea E. Jones-Rooy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Overview: I empirically evaluate the divergent democratization
trajectories of China and post-Socialist Europe and Russia since
1989 to identify how different stages of democratic evolution
influences the effectiveness of privatization on development.

Interest Groups in Russia’s Political and Economic

Lynn D. Nelson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Irina Y. Kuzes, Virginia Commonwealth University

Overview: The radical transformation of Russia’s political and
economic life since 1991 reflects the influence of divergent
interests. This paper examines the evolving strategies of key
interest groups through time and their implications for the

Post-Soviet Central Asia as a Geo-strategic Hinterland of
the Eurasia: US's and Russian Interests and Contradiction
in the Region

Bek-Myrza Tokotegin, Bosphorus University

Overview: The relocation of Central Asia from the periphery to
the center of the United States' strategic interest at the end of
2001 fundamentally altered the region's geopolitical landscape.

Improving Measures of Normal States-the Case of Russia

William Zimmerman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Overview: Is Russia a normal country? How would we know?
Focusing on Russia, this paper suggests ways to improve the
measurement of an important concept and at the same time
achieve a better feel for future outcomes for Russian political

Great Power Decline

Olga Bogatyrenko, University of California, Davis

Overview: The paper relies on organizational and IR literatures
to discuss the extent to which great powers are vulnerable to
violent non-state actors. Hypotheses are tested qualitatively via
a comparative case study of Imperial Russia and Great Britain.

Analyzing the Dark Side of Social Capital: Organized Crime
in Russia

Leah E. Gilbert, Georgetown University

Overview: This paper aims to conduct a comprehensive
empirical study of the ways in which social capital is present
and facilitates the undemocratic ends of organized crime groups
in Russia.

The Threat of Nuclear Attack from Russian Stockpiles
gainst Civil Aviation

Kathleen M. Sweet, Southern Illinois University

Overview: This paper seeks to analyze the threat from the
Russian stockpile and consider its subsequent impact on
aviation should a nuclear device be targeted against civil

Are Oligarchs Productive? Theory and Evidence

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Yegor Grygorenko, Citigroup Russia

Overview: This paper studies the behavior of oligarchs,
politically and economically strong conglomerates in transition
and developing countries. We show that oligarchs can improve
the performance of the firms they own relative to other firms.

Business Interest Groups in Post-Communist Russia: The
Puzzle of Formation

Dinissa S. Duvanova, The Ohio State University

Overview: Formation of business associations in postcommunist
Russia is the central puzzle of the paper. The paper
concentrates on identifying how the process of business interest
group formation differs across industries and sectors of Russian

Protest Potential and Generational Change in Russia

Olena Nikolayenko, University of Toronto

Overview: Protest potential is considered here as an important
sign of generational change in post-communist societies.
Protest activity is an appropriate focus not only because it
represents a remarkable departure from the habitual patterns of
political part...

The End of the Wave: Regime Consolidation and Protest
Decline in Russia

Graeme B. Robertson, University of North Carolina, Chapel

Overview: How waves of political protest get started is a subject
much studied. How they end is less studied. Using the case of
Russia, I show how elite political alliances can explain protest
declines in partially liberalized states.

The Political Economy of Countering the Resource Curse:
The Case of Russia Under Putin

Adnana Vatansever, John's Hopkins University

Overview: This paper on Russia's struggle with the "resource
curse" under President Putin aims to contribute to the scholarly
literature by providing a comprehensive study of Putin's
initiatives to reform the country's tax system - an area of
considerable weakness.

Russia's Constitutional Court: Solution to the “Parade of

Sabrina Pinnell, University of California, Santa Barbara

Overview: This is a study of three Constitutional Court
decisions that affected the sovereignty debate between Russia's
center and its regions, helping to delineate authority between
them and also establish the Court’s role in the federalist system.

A Failure of Federalism: The Legacy of Asymmetry in the
Russian Federation

David R. Foley, Canisius College

Overview: Russia's democratization process is stalled because
the transition to democracy has been confounded by the
adoption of an asymmetric districting regime which is
antithetical to the institutional foundations of a free market
federal democracy.

Paper Whither Russia:? Domestic and Foreign Factors

Roger P. Hamburg, Indiana University, South Bend

Overview: I will assess Russian political parties, civil society,
democratic prospects. I will also take a future view of Russian
foreign and military policy.

Provincial Protectionism

Konstantin Sonin, New Economic School/CEFIR

Overview: In a federal state with weak political institutions (such as Argentina or Russia),
constituent units might protect their enterprises from
enforcement of federal taxes.
Effectiveness of such protection depends on the ability of local politicians to extract rents from

Examining the Colored Revolutions: Successes and Failures
in Popular Revolt

Scott T. Nissen, Indiana University, Bloomington

Overview: This paper attempts to understand why revolts were
successful in changing governments in the former USSR. This
done by comparing successful cases (Georgia and Ukraine) to
cases in which a change in government did not occur
(Azerbaijan and Russia).

Competition or Coordination? Elite Strategies in Russia and

Jana W. Kunicova, California Institute of Technology
Olga Shvetsova, Binghamton University, SUNY

Overview: Why was the Ukrainian presidency contested so
hotly, while the Russian was a done deal? We argue that the
answer lies in the choice of the elite strategy for political
interaction among the contestants.

Realism, and Risk Acceptance: Arms Transfers Between

Michael P. Jasinski, University of Georgia
Jeffrey Berejikian, University of Georgia

Overview: The paper advances a prospect theory-based
theoretical framework to explain cooperation among rivals in
situations where relative gains concerns are acute, through a
study of arms transfers between Russia and China.

Legal Barriers to Human Security in the Baltic States

Kathleen Claussen, Indiana University, Bloomington
Joshua Asher, Northwestern University

Overview: Ambiguities in international law lead to a new
classification of individual in the context of international
security. Russian nationals living in Estonia are at risk of
remaining "citizenshipless" with no institution to guarantee
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