School of Politics and International Relations

POL305 Contemporary Russian Politics - Independent Research

POL305 (POL305A – Spring) Contemporary Russian Politics - Independent Research module at Queen Mary University London's School of Politics and International Relations

(POL305B - Spring)

Level: 6

Semester: B

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Ksenia Northmore-Ball

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: POL382

Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Not available

Description:
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%)