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Political Research Exchange

Institutional Dynamics and Change in the Former Soviet Union

Europe (Central and Eastern)
 
Comparative Politics
 
Constitutions
 
Democratisation
 
Executives
 
Parliaments
 
Party Manifestos
 
Coalition
 
Panel Number
P173
Panel Chair
Paul Chaisty
University of Oxford
Panel Discussant
Thomas Sedelius
Dalarna University

Time
04/09/2019 15:00 - 16:40
Location
Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 403
Abstract
Notwithstanding the many political similarities between post-Soviet states, the region has experienced numerous varieties of institutional design and political regime type since 1991. For scholars who work on the region, this high level of diversity and flux provides a rich set of cases for testing many of the comparative theories of institutional behaviour and change that feature in the study democratic and authoritarian political systems. This panel brings together several examples of this research. Focusing on institutional developments across the region, the papers seek to understand a number of institutional phenomena evident in the post-Soviet world. They include research on the legislative responsiveness of parties in Ukraine, which engages with an emerging literature on party development in presidential democracies (Samuels and Shugart, 2010), and on coalitional presidential regimes in particular (Chaisty, Cheeseman and Power, 2018). Two papers on Russia, which deal with questions of legislative scrutiny and presidential decree authority. One interrogates notions of ‘rubber stamp’ assemblies in authoritarian regimes and adds to a growing research on legislatures in non-democratic political systems (Truex, 2014); the other analyses executive decree authority in relation to work on bureaucratic capacity in the democratic presidential systems of Latin America (Inácio and Llanos, 2016; Polga‐Hecimovich and Trelles, 2016). And, research on constitutional change in the region, which addresses an important literature on the conditions under which authoritarian leaders seek to change the formal rules (Albertus and Menaldo, 2012). In exploring these questions, the panel will examine the ways in which post-Soviet regimes augment and/or challenge a comparative literature that has largely focused on cases from other regions of the world.

Paper List


Title Details
Conditional Criticism: Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Executive in Russia View Paper Details
Constitutionalism and Authoritarian Leadership: Evidence from the Post-Soviet Space View Paper Details
Performance Management and the Implementation of Landmark Executive Orders: Evidence from Russia’s 2012 May Decrees View Paper Details
When Do Political Parties Keep their Election Promises? A Study of Election Pledges in Ukraine View Paper Details
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