POL305 Contemporary Russian Politics - Independent Research
(POL305B - Spring)
Credit Value: 15
Module Convenor: Dr Ksenia Northmore-Ball
Compulsory for: None
Associate Availability: Not available
This module focuses on understanding competitive authoritarianism in Russia today, and how the Russian case fits in a global theoretic perspective. Electoral authoritarianism has become the most common non-democratic regime type since the end of the Cold War, and Russia is considered one of the key illustrative cases. Using the Russian case we will examine firstly why authoritarian leaders choose to hold elections, and secondly how authoritarian rulers retain power and popularity in a semi- competitive environment through the use of institutions such as "dominant parties," election subversion, and information manipulation.
Assessment: 1 x presentation (20%) and 1 x 2500 word essay (80%)