Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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'Russia Without Putin' is a popular political refrain chanted at opposition protest rallies in Russia for nearly a decade. The slogan implies, of course, that the person of Putin is the main obstacle to democratic development. It is a theme commonly expressed by scholars and pundits too. This talk takes exception to this viewpoint. Instead, it attempts to depersonalize contemporary Russian politics, and suggests a historical-institutionalist argument to explain the persistence of a strong central state and a weak civil society in Russia.
Gerald Easter is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Boston College. His current research focuses on the policing of protest politics in the late communist period and postcommunist periods. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States (Cornell: 2012), which won the Hewitt Prize for Political Economy and the Davis Prize for Social Science from the ASEEES. And his most recent book is a general history on art and politics, entitled The Tsarina's Lost Treasure: Catherine the Great, a Golden Age Masterpiece, and a Legendary Shipwreck (Pegasus: 2020).