GOV 390L • Russian Politics
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. The course offers a theoretical and comparative look at the transformation of Russian politics since the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union. Faced with the disappearance of the Soviet Union the task of understanding and explaining Russian politics, scholars can pursue of two broad options. The first one is description and documentation of Russian political developments. The second approach is more intent on the comparatively oriented analysis of regime change, institution building, and policy formation. The course offers a combination of these two options. We shall examine several theoretical models that focus on the different issues and their impact on Russian politics in comparative perspective. The second part of the course will be organized around current students' research and oriented toward development of their projects.