The second Ghent Russia colloquium

Russia's political economy since 1992: Back to the future?
Ghent, 11-12 December 2018


Since 1992, Russia has changed face repeatedly. The socio-economic collapse of the transition period governed by the Washington consensus, the financial meltdown with the default of August 1998, the emergence of Vladimir Putin as the new power broker and Russia’s economic revival during this period, Putin’s personal evolution from an economic liberal to a conservative nationalist, the ensuing stagnation of the Russian economy, and the renewed political and economic tensions with the West, have provided a breath-taking socio-economic roller-coaster that left most observers deeply puzzled. The early 2000 prediction of Shleifer and Treissman that Russia was about to become a normal country has been refuted by reality. Therefore, academic research that helps us to understand in which direction Russia might be going in light of its recent history is strongly needed.

The purpose of the second Ghent colloquium is to bring together scholars and practitioners working in various disciplines to present their research on the political economy of Russia. Proposals for panels or papers can be submitted on a wide range of themes, including, amongst others:

  • The political economy of natural resources in Russia
  • The political economy of Russia’s regions
  • Russia’s institutional development and corruption
  • Independent elections and media freedom
  • Social norms and values in contemporary Russia
  • The modernization of Russia’s economy
  • The political economy of Russia’s foreign policy

Please note that the above terms of reference are not intended to constrain researchers in their choice of topics, but only to illustrate the scope of the conference.

Submission and deadlines

Academics or practitioners wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Proposals for panels should include the abstracts of preferably four papers and, if possible, information about the chair and discussant.

Proposals for papers and panels should be sent to . The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 August 2018. Confirmation of acceptance of the abstract and participation in the colloquium will be sent out on 10 September 2018. The deadline for submitting the full paper is 10 December 2018. Selected papers may be published in an edited volume or a special issue of an international peer reviewed journal.


Participation in the conference is free. Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.


Het Pand

Onderbergen 1

9000 Ghent, Belgium

Preliminary programme

11 December 2018
13:00-14:00 Keynote address by Sergei Guriev (chief economist of EBRD and professor at Sciences-Po)
14:00-15:45 Parallel sessions 1
15:45-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-18:00 Parallel sessions 2
12 December
9:00-10:45 Parallel sessions 3
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:45 Parallel sessions 4
12:45-13:15 Light lunch
13:15-14:00 Keynote address by Yuval Weber (Associate professor, Daniel Morgan Graduate School / Kennan Institute): “Running In Place: Geopolitical Competition and Patterns in Russian Economic Reform”


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