The Evolution of Putinism: Constitutional Change and Regime Stability

March 2, 2021, 9:30-11:30am (RSVP requested)

Join the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute for an online talk with several experts on their essays regarding national institutions, elites, governance and state-society relations in Russia.

The initial discussion of Russia’s 2020 constitutional reform focused on the “zeroing” provision that allows President Putin to pursue two more terms in office. Yet, the far-reaching changes also lay the groundwork for Putinism 4.0. To understand these longer-term implications of constitutional reform, The Kennan Institute asked nine experts to write essays from the perspective of national institutions, elites, governance, and state-society relations for the April 2021 issue of the journal Russian Politics. In this panel, the authors will briefly outline their arguments and then open the floor for questions.

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Fabian Burkhardt, research fellow, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies

Vladimir Gelman, professor, European University at St. Petersburg and the University of Helsinki

J. Paul Goode, McMillan Chair of Russian Studies, Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University; editor-in-chief, Communist and Post-Communist Studies

Ivan Grigoriev, associate professor, department of political science and world politics, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

Ben Noble, assistant professor, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies; associate fellow, Chatham House; senior research fellow, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Nikolai Petrov, senior research fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House; professor, political science, Higher School of Economics in Moscow

Sarah Wilson Sokhey, associate professor, department of political science, University of Colorado (Boulder); faculty associate, Institute of Behavioral Science; associate fellow; International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, Higher School of Economics 

Regina Smyth, professor of political science, Indiana University