Posts by Sarah Wilson Sokhey

Sarah Wilson Sokhey 04-27-2018
(PONARS Eurasia) Providing things like healthcare and education are among the most basic services that modern governments provide. This makes the study of what is sometimes lumped together as the “welfare state” critical to understanding modern governments. A recent panel at the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago highlighted some of this research. As part of a central research project are at the International Center...
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Sarah Wilson Sokhey 04-26-2018
(PONARS Eurasia) Corruption coupled with related economic stagnation has spurred waves of recent protests in countries like Russia in 2017 and, more recently, in Armenia in April 2018. But commentators have noted that even in these cases, there are still many citizens unwilling to protest and who seek help from the regime, not its downfall. When does corruption actually undermine support for a regime, or even diminish trust among groups in a society?...
Sarah Wilson Sokhey 11-22-2017
What can post-communist Europe teach us about the global economy? A lot, as revealed by research presented at the recent annual ASEEES conference in Chicago. First, businesspeople who win elected office do govern differently though not necessarily in the ways they promise. David Szakonyi presented research on businesspeople candidates in Russia indicating that...
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Sarah Wilson Sokhey 11-21-2017
Russia’s possible involvement in the recent U.S. election (and with American politicians) has renewed interest in Russian politics in the United States. Many Americans, however, are unfamiliar with how authoritarian regimes operate, or what it would be like to live in one as Tom Pepinsky has pointed out. Compounding the problem, much of the news about Russia in the United States relies on easy stereotypes and a lack of true expertise. Here, academic...
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Sarah Wilson Sokhey 11-20-2017
Timothy Frye’s assertion last month in The National Interest that Russian studies are thriving, not dying was soundly confirmed at the annual ASEEES conference this past weekend. More than 3,000 area studies specialists—many of them experts on Russian politics—converged in Chicago to share their research methods and findings on a wide range of topics and pressing issues. The conference revealed at least two exciting areas of current...
Sarah Wilson Sokhey 05-30-2017
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored by D. Gjukovikj)  A series of dramatic events have been unfolding in the small and historically peaceful Balkan country of Macedonia. Although these events have received much less international attention than Brexit, French elections or even the Eurovision contest, they have significant implications for the rest of Europe and should garner greater attention. Here’s the background Macedonia is one of the states...
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