Event (Feb. 18): Sources of Reform in Russia: Celebrate Three New Books with the Authors

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16 Feb 2021

Join us for a book launch featuring new books from Evgeny Finkel, Scott Gehlbach, Bryn Rosenfeld, and David Szakonyi.

In Reform and Rebellion in Weak States, Evgeny Finkel and Scott Gehlbach emphasize that, especially in weak states, reform often must be implemented by local actors with a stake in the status quo. In this setting, the promise of reform represents an implicit contract against which subsequent implementation is measured.

In The Autocratic Middle Class: How State Dependency Reduces the Demand for Democracy, Bryn Rosenfeld explains how middle-class economic dependence on the state impedes democratization and contributes to authoritarian resilience.

In Politics for Profit: Business, Elections, and Policymaking in Russia, David Szakonyi brings to bear sweeping quantitative and qualitative evidence from Putin-era Russia to shed light on why businesspeople contest elections and what the consequences are for their firms and for society when they win.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm (EST)

RSVP | Virtual Webex Session


Evgeny Finkel is an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

Scott Gehlbach is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Bryn Rosenfeld is an Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University. 

David Szakonyi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and a Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. 

This event is on the record and open to the media.