Russia, Moscow

Explaining contemporary Russian politics: Institutions and beyond

when 29 July 2019 - 3 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee USD 300

The course is intended to introduce the students to contemporary Russian politics. It is designed as an overview of principal political institutions of the Russian state. These institutions are analyzed through the lens of comparative political science using neoinstitutional methodological approach, looking not only at the formal framework but also on the actual performance of actors and institutions, which evolved in Russia since early 1990s. The course covers not only state institutions but looks at the “agents of change” such as private enterprise, civil society, political culture, collective action, etc.

Course leader

Boris Makarenko
Professor: Faculty of Social Sciences / School of Political Science

Course aim

The course aims at strengthening students’ knowledge of contemporary Russia, developing skills to interpret and analyze political events, intellectual and historical outlook, to maintain professional and public discussion.
The course is offered by Dr. Boris Makarenko, professor of HSE and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Political Technologies, a leading Moscow-based independent think-tank.

Fee info

USD 300: Tuition fee
USD 50: Registration fee


If you are a student of our Partner University we are happy to offer you a 20% discount.