Urban governance and politics in the post-Soviet space
- To develop the skills of analyzing political processes on a local level in post-Soviet states using the tools of political science and sociology
- To learn the factors influencing the dynamics of urban development in post-Soviet cities
- To introduce tendencies of urban development and key actors of urban politics in post-Soviet cities
- Is able to analyze local politics and urban development using theories and methods of political science and sociology
- Knows core political, social, and economic actors and their coalitions included in urban politics in post-Soviet cities
- Knows core tendencies of urban development in the post-Soviet space
- Is able to explain core tendencies of urban development in the post-Soviet space
- Is capable of analyzing a role of large cities in multi-level governance in post-Soviet countries
- Topic 1. Cities and modernization: developing of modern cities in post-Soviet space
- Topic 2. Cities and markets: neoliberal approach and market-led development in post-Soviet cities (the instances of Moscow and Astana)
- Topic 3. Urban political economy: urban regimes and coalitions in post-Soviet cities
- Topic 4. Redistribution politics and urbanism in post-Soviet cities
- Topic 5. Multilevel governance and post-Soviet cities
- Topic 6. Capitals vs periphery: political and governmental characteristics
- Topic 7. Urban inequality and the concept of “just city”
- Topic 8. Effects of spatial urban development
- Topic 9. The multiple transitions and urban conflict in post-Soviet cities (part 1)
- Topic 10. The multiple transitions and urban conflict in post-Soviet cities (part 2)
- In-class ParticipationIn-class participation includes participation in every seminar discussion and answering the questions on all reading assignments. The grade is calculated as an average of all grades received on seminars. The interim assessment (Module 3) includes only in-class participation The grade is calculated as an average of all grades received on seminars in 3d module.
- Final EssayA final essay is focused on one of the topics included in the course syllabus.
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- Scott, J. C. (2020). Seeing Like a State : How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Yale University Press.
- Ledyaev, V., & Chirikova, A. (2019). Governors and local elites in Russia: patterns of interaction. European Politics & Society, 20(3), 315–332. https://doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2018.1534041