VIRTUAL EVENT. Bulldogs in the Duma: Executive Factionalism and Lawmaking in Russia

Thursday, May 20, 2021
12:00pm ET
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.

Please join us for an installment in our Rule of Law in Autocracy: The Legal Dimension of Russian Politics speaker series, a presentation by Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London.

This event is supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Ben Noble is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Russian Politics at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES). He is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He was previously the Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College, University of Oxford. Ben's research focusses on Russian domestic politics, including intra-elite dynamics and legislative politics. Beyond Russia, Ben is interested in parliamentary politics under authoritarianism. He currently holds a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for a project analysing moments of legislative closure in non-democracies. Ben has published research in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Legislative StudiesRussian Politics, and Post-Communist Economies.

Rule of Law in Autocracy: The Legal Dimension of Russian Politics

2021 Speaker Series

In authoritarian political systems, institutions such as parliament, judiciary, and law enforcement are typically viewed as mere instruments of autocratic rule, or at best, a democratic facade. In this conventional image, authoritarian institutions exist only for formal reasons and do not exert meaningful impact independently of the executive branch of government.

But recent scholarship has uncovered unexpected dynamics of the impact of law on Russian politics. Authoritarian influence over the diverse legal institutions is not as overwhelming as conventional wisdom has presumed. Scholars instead are revealing how authoritarian legal and judicial institutions resemble their democratic counterparts, including in their response to bureaucratic incentives and public opinion, or in being driven by the metrics of performance evaluation rather than central directives. Learn more about the series >>

All events at 12:00pm ET.

MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 — Lauren A. McCarthy's talk rescheduled for May 6 (see below).
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021
Manipulated Justice in Russia: Influence in Prosecutions and Conflict Resolution

Peter H. Solomon, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Law and Criminology at the University of Toronto and Member of its Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
Watching the Detectives—Strategies and Tactics of Police Oversight in Russia

Lauren A. McCarthy, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science and Director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021
Bulldogs in the Duma: Executive Factionalism and Lawmaking in Russia

Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021
Judicial Independence in Russia: What Do Russians Think?

Kathryn Hendley, Roman Z. Livshits & William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021
Adaptation and Pragmatism: Explaining the Survival of the Russian Constitutional Court

Alexei Trochev, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

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