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Centre for Comparative Governance Studies

The Centre for Comparative Governance Studies was launched in September 2019 under the leadership of Professor Irina Busygina at HSE University. The research team of the Centre is made up of employees of the Department of Political Science and International Relations (HSE) as well as colleagues from Central European University and other educational and research institutes. The Centre studies power and governance in multi-level political systems, including supranational unions (European Union, Eurasian Economic Union) as well as national states, primarily the Russian Federation.

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The regular seminar will take place on 30 of June at 6 pm (Moscow time) with the discussion of the research proposal by Ph.D. student Dmitrii Arkatov titled "Conditions of Policy Outcomes Under Authoritarian Rule: The Cases of Public Transportation Policies in Russian Regions".

Research fellow Aleksei Sorbale will discuss the preliminary results of his research “Why So Slow? National Determinants of Post-Socialist States EU Accession Speed” on 27 of May at 6 p.m. (Moscow time).

The regular seminar will take place on 26 of April at 6 p.m. (Moscow time zone) with the discussion of the paper by Elena Soboleva titled "China’s Central Asia Policy: Exploring the Role of Different Foreign Policy Actors"

We kindly invite all interested students and scholars to join the discussion of the book proposal by professor Irina Busygina and professor Mikhail Filippov "Book Title: Non-Democratic Federalism and Decentralization: Stability, Dynamics and ReformsSubtitle: Lessons from Post-Soviet Countries", which will take place on March 26 at 18:00 (Moscow time) in an online format. To join the discussion, please contact Anna Tarasenko (avtarasenko@hse.ru).

Book proposal summary: Our book challenges the common perception of authoritarian regimes as incompatible with federalism/federal practices and decentralization. We focus on several cases, namely post-Soviet countries, where federal institutions and various forms of decentralization have become integral parts of non-democratic political regimes. We describe how these regimes have managed to exploit federalism and decentralization as useful instruments to help them to preserve control, avoid political instability and shift blame to the regional authorities in times of crises and policy failures. Most recently the post-Soviet authoritarian regimes have exploited federal arrangements and policy decentralization to avoid public disapproval and accountability during the coronavirus crisis.

Research fellow Ivan Grigoriev participated in Kennan institute's workshop.

Kennan institute arranged an online workshop on constitutional changes and political regime stability in Russia. Research fellow Ivan Grigoriev participated in the workshop and offered his vision of particularity of reforms related to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

The regular seminar will take place on 26 of February at 6 p.m. (Moscow time zone) where the manuscript by Anton Onishchenko “Ideational institutionalism: an explanation of institutional transformations during a crisis” will be discussed.

Professor Irina Busygina’s talk “Regional Governors as Putin's Agents or Stakeholders? The story that COVID-19 pandemic tells about center-regional relations in Russia” will take place at the Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki University) on 18 of February at 4 p.m. – 7.15 p.m. (Moscow time, online).

The seminar of the Center for Comparative Governance Studies will take place on January 29 (Fri) at 6 pm (Moscow time)

The discussion of the manuscript of the paper "Civil-Military Relations and The Russian Military Culture: A Belief System Approach" by Kirill Shamiev is on the agenda of the seminar. It will take place online and in order to access the Zoom link, please, contact Anna Tarasenko (avtarasenko@hse.ru)

Invited Talk by Professor Laure Delcour, University Sorbonne Nouvelle, at a Research Seminar, Co-organised by the MA Programme 'Comparative Politics of Eurasia'

Professor Delcour presented results of her research on the topic 'The EU and its “eastern neighbourhood”: multiple external influences, policy transfer and domestic change'.

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