Please join us on Friday, April 13th for “Building Autocracy From Above and Below: Emotional engagement and politics after Crimea”, a talk with Graeme Robertson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This event is part of the Occasional Series, sponsored by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.
Political scientists studying authoritarian regimes have focused on how dictators exercise top down control and how they dominate, intimidate and buy-off their citizens. While certainly much of authoritarianism can be captured in this image, the reality is that many contemporary authoritarians are also very popular and remain so despite stagnant economies and declining living standards. Vladimir Putin is certainly one such leader. In this presentation, Robertson will present some recent work on the role of emotional attachment in creating and maintaining the Putin project in Russia today.
Graeme Robertson is a Professor of Political Science at UNC at Chapel Hill. His work focuses on political protest and the competition between rulers and their challengers in contemporary authoritarian political systems. His recent publications include work on political institutions in authoritarian regimes, analysis of structural and political factors that shape regime dynamics and studies of the factors that shape support for and opposition to autocrats. He has published articles in many academic journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science. His most recent book, The Politics of Protest in Hybrid Regimes: Managing Dissent in Post-Communist Russia, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2011.
Graeme is currently working on a number of projects including a book on how dictatorship functions in Russia and an analysis of the effects of revolution and war in Ukraine.