Political Elites and Institutions

Much of my research interest and many of my manuscripts and publications are focused on Russian political elites.  I am interested in both formal and informal aspects of political elite recruitment, mobility, behavior, and decision making.  Past work on political patronage spans both the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.  Much of my post-Soviet scholarship focuses on Russian political institutional design and elites, with accent on the federal executive and the presidency.  I am also interested in semi-presidentialism, with attention to both Russia and France.  Articles and chapters on the Russian executive span the Yeltsin, Putin, Medvedev, and second Putin presidencies, while those on French semi-presidentialism are concentrated on the 1997-2002 period of Jacques Chirac and Lionel Jospin and other periods of political cohabitation.

Russia, the former Soviet Union (FSU), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Eurasian regional governance

I am currently working on a series of papers involving Russian foreign policy and regional governance in the area of the FSU.  I helped in creating a database of CIS multilateral security treaties and Russian-FSU states bilateral security treaties that is used to explore various facets of regional institutional design and governance for the FSU area.  Special attention has been given to the emergence of a Eurasian security architecture that includes both multilateral CIS components and bilateral arrangements including the Russian Federation.  Especially interesting is the phenomenon of treaty nesting, regional policy coordination, and conflict management.

Selected recent publications and papers

"Russian Public Assessments of the Putin Policy Program:  Achievements and Challenges," Russian Politics, 1, 2, 2016, pp. 131-58.

"Mistrust and hegemony:  Regional institutional design, the FSU-CIS, and Russia," International Area Studies Review, 18, 1, March 2015, pp. 26-52 (with Michael Slobodchikoff and Gary Goertz).

"The Hegemonic Executive," in Stephen White, Richard Sakwa, and Henry E. Hales, eds., Developments in Russian Politics 8, Durham:  Duke University Press, 2014, pp. 19-41.

“Treaty Networks, Nesting, and Interstate Cooperation: Russia, the FSU, and the CIS," International Area Studies Review, 15, 1, March 2012, pp. 59-82 (with Michael Slobodchikoff and Gary Goertz).


My curriculum vitae listing publications, professional presentations, and unpublished manuscripts is available upon request.