Book Talk: Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
12:15 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a book talk by Vladimir Gelman, European University in St. Petersburg.
Gelman argues that contemporary Russia is a prominent example of “electoral authoritarianism,” a phenomenon characterized by adopting the trappings of democratic institutions (such as elections, political parties, and a legislature) and enlisting the service of the country’s essentially authoritarian rulers. Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course? Gelman’s book, Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes (2015, University of Pittsburgh Press), attempts to answer these basic questions.