Past event

Invitation Only

The Economic Crisis and Regime Support in Russia

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme


Professor Richard Rose, University of Aberdeen


The political system in Russia which evolved under President Putin was based on an implicit social contract of monopoly control by a highly-centralised and largely unaccountable elite, in return for rising living standards and economic growth. The global economic crisis has undermined this equilibrium. How have rising unemployment and a collapse in domestic industrial production impacted on popular evaluations of the political system, and those who control it? Does regime support and stability rest ultimately on assured economic growth, as many have argued?

Professor Richard Rose, one of Europe's leading specialists on comparative public policy and popular opinion trends, will discuss his recent research on the impact of recession on regime support in Russia.

Professor Richard Rose is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at Aberdeen University. He was formerly Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde from 1966 to 2005. He is the author of numerous publications on Russia and post-Communist states, and in 2000 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Political Studies Association.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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