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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Lecture "Failed and Successful Attempts to Defeat Authoritarian Leaders in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia" by Dr. Valerie Bunce

Thu, October 22, 2009 • 12:00 PM • Batts 5.108

Failed and Successful Attempts to Defeat Authoritarian Leaders in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia 

Dr. Valerie Bunce

Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government

Cornell University 

Over the past decade, a number of elections in postcommunist regimes perched between democracy and dictatorship have led to the triumph of liberal oppositions over illiberal incumbents or their anointed successors.  In other postcommunist regimes, authoritarian elites have successfully resisted further democratization or even increased centralized control over the polity.  In this talk, Professor Valerie Bunce will explore and explain the variations over time and across country in the success of these electoral efforts--not just in defeating dictators, but also in building more democratic orders. 

Valerie Bunce is Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government at Cornell University. She is the author, most recently, of Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Collapse of Socialism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society and International Organization, together with a variety of area-based journals and edited volumes.  She is currently co-authoring a book with Sharon Wolchik (George Washington University) , tentatively entitled: American Democracy Promotion and Electoral Change in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia.

For more information, please contact Allegra Azulay at 471-3607 or at aazulay@mail.utexas.edu

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Sponsored by: The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and The Department of Government


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