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Postcommunist Politics and Society

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is designed to provide students with the necessary theoretical and empirical background for the study of the Postcommunist politics. It will cover a broad set of issues concerning Communism historical legacy; Postcommunist political institution - building and societal context of the Postcommunist political transformations .
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary theoretical and empirical background for the study of the Postcommunist politics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student is introduced to Soviet politics and its legacy
  • Student is familiar with social and cultural conditions of postcommunist transformation
  • Student is familiar with institutional politics of postcommunist transformation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Soviet politics and agenda for post communist transition
    Communist Politics – important legacies. Post-Communism and beyond: Agenda for Transition from Communist Rule.
  • Social and cultural conditions of postcommunist transformation
    Studying Post-Communist Political Culture. Postcommunist Civil Society and Beyond.
  • Institutional politics of postcommunist transformation
    Electoral Politics in Hybrid Regimes. Political Parties in post-communist states. Postcomminist Presidencies. Legislative Politics in Postcomminist States. Postcomminist Political Economy. Regional Politics in post-Communist states. Post-Communist Transition: Evaluation and Perspectives
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in class discussions
  • non-blocking Group presentations
  • non-blocking Test
  • non-blocking Exam (essay)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Exam (essay) + 0.25 * Group presentations + 0.25 * Participation in class discussions + 0.25 * Test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cheskin, A., & March, L. (2015). State-society relations in contemporary Russia: new forms of political and social contention. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1A45A896
  • Fish, M. S. (1995). Democracy from Scratch : Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution. [N.p.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=74979
  • FOA, R. S., & EKIERT, G. (2017). The weakness of postcommunist civil society reassessed. European Journal of Political Research, 56(2), 419–439. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12182
  • Henry E. Hale. (2011). The Myth of Mass Russian Support for Autocracy: The Public Opinion Foundations of a Hybrid Regime. Europe-Asia Studies, (8), 1357. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2011.601106
  • McFaul, M., & Stoner-Weiss, K. (2008). The Myth of the Authoritarian Model. Foreign Affairs, 87(1), 68. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=28018925
  • Øverland, I. (DE-588)140500413, (DE-627)618905391, (DE-576)318544962, aut. (2019). The GeGaLo index geopolitical gains and losses after energy transition Indra Overland, Morgan Bazilian, Talgat Ilimbek Uulu, Roman Vakulchuk, Kirsten Westphal. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1680075861
  • Pepinsky, T. (2014). The Institutional Turn in Comparative Authoritarianism. British Journal of Political Science, (03), 631. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.bjposi.v44y2014i03p631.653.00
  • Robert Horvath. (2011). Putin’s ‘Preventive Counter-Revolution’: Post-Soviet Authoritarianism and the Spectre of Velvet Revolution. Europe-Asia Studies, (1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2011.534299
  • Ross, C. (2005). Federalism and Electoral Authoritarianism under Putin. Demokratizatsiya, 13(3), 347–371. https://doi.org/10.3200/DEMO.13.3.347-372
  • Thomas Remington. (2008). Patronage and the Party of Power: President–Parliament Relations Under Vladimir Putin. Europe-Asia Studies, (6), 959. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668130802161215

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Andrei Shleifer, & Daniel Treisman. (2003). A Normal Country. Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.fth.harver.2019
  • Fitzpatrick, S. (1999). Everyday Stalinism : Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=169117
  • Stephen White. (2011). Elections Russian-Style. Europe-Asia Studies, (4), 531. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2011.566423