Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Workshop "Transnational Networks, Diffusion Dynamics, and Electoral Change in the Postcommunist World"by Dr. Valerie Bunce

Wed, October 21, 2009 | Batts 5.108

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Transnational Networks, Diffusion Dynamics, and Electoral Change in the Postcommunist World

 A Workshop by Dr. Valerie Bunce

The norm in regimes that combine competitive elections with authoritarian rule is for incumbents to win one election after another. However, democratic oppositions do sometimes win elections in mixed regimes—even when authoritarian leaders have gone to considerable lengths to rig them.  Perhaps the most striking example of this surprising development was the wave of electoral defeats of authoritarian incumbents or their anointed successors that took place in eight mixed regimes in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia from 1996 to 2005 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine). In this workshop, Professor Bunce will discuss her current research on the role of cross-national diffusion in this process.

 Professor Bunce’s paper for this workshop is available from Robert Moser at

Valerie Bunce is Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government at Cornell University. She is the author, most recently, of Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Collapse of Socialism and the State(Cambridge University Press, 1999), and her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review,Comparative PoliticsComparative Political StudiesPolitics and Society and International Organization, together with a variety of area-based journals and edited volumes.  She is currently co-authoring a book with Sharon Wolchik (George Washington University) tentatively entitled: American Democracy Promotion and Electoral Change in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia

For more information, please contact Allegra Azulay at 471-3607 or at

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Sponsored by: The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and The Department of Government

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