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May 19, 2016

Public lecture.
Thomas Biersteker “Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Action


On May 19 at 1 p.m. the Department of Comparative Political Studies is hosting Thomas Biersteker, Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Director of the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Professor Th. Biersteker will give a talk on "Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Action".

International sanctions have become the instrument of choice for policymakers dealing with a variety of different challenges to international peace and security. This is the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of all the targeted sanctions regimes imposed by the United Nations since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on the collaboration of more than fifty scholars and policy practitioners from across the globe (the Targeted Sanctions Consortium), the study, which professor Th. Biersteker will present, analyzes two new databases, one qualitative and one quantitative, to assess the different purposes of UN targeted sanctions, the Security Council dynamics behind their design, the relationship of sanctions with other policy instruments, implementation challenges, diverse impacts, unintended consequences, policy effectiveness, and institutional learning within the UN. The study is organized around comparisons across cases, rather than country case studies, and introduces two analytical innovations: case episodes within country sanctions regimes and systematic differentiation among different purposes of sanctions.

Prof. Biersteker previously directed the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and has also taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He is the author/editor of ten books, including State Sovereignty as Social Construct (1996), The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (2002), and Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action (2016). His current research focuses on targeted sanctions, transnational policy networks in global security governance, and the dialectics of world orders. He was the principal developer of SanctionsApp, a tool for mobile devices created in 2013 to increase access to information about targeted sanctions at the UN. He received his PhD and MS from MIT and his BA from the University of Chicago.

Lecture will be in English.
Languages of discussion: English, Russian.
Place: 6/10, Chernyakhovskogo st., room 405.


March 25, 2016

The week of the Department. Public lecture.
Carol Leonard “Urban resilience in the Circumpolar North: A comparative case study on governance dilemmas (Russia, Norway)”


On March 25 at 2 p.m. the Department of Comparative Political Studies hosted professor Carol Leonard, Director of the Center for Russian Studies at RANEPA (Moscow), Professor at the Department of State and Municipal Administration, and Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning at the NRU-Higher School of Economics. Professor C.  Leonard is author of the books Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Privatization in Transition in Russia in the Early 1990s (Routledge, 2013). Professor C. Leonard gave a talk on “Urban resilience in the Circumpolar North: A comparative case study on governance dilemmas (Russia, Norway)”.

Comparing governance issues in two cities of the circumpolar North, Kirkenes, Norway and Beryozovo, Russia, Professor Leonard addressed the coordination of local and state (federal) interests in a period of crisis. In Kirkenes, the mining firm closed in 2015, ending jobs in the community; in Beryozovo, global price fall in the energy sector reduced revenues for regional and local government. The response of researchers to this challenge was to build resilience and skills and support diversification in local communities. C. Leonard argued that under current globalizing pressures, the way forward also closely depends upon intergovernmental cooperation.


March 21, 2016

The week of the Department. Opening.


Public talk by Sergei A. Tsyplyaev, the Dean of Law Faculty (North-West Institute of Management RANEPA), President of the Respublica foundation, former representative of the President of the Russian Federation in St Petersburg (1992-2000), member of the Constituent Assembly of Russia (1993).

Sergei A. Tsyplyaev spoke about a republican concept of patriotism, which is based on the centrality of law that protects the common good and an autonomous, self-reliant and vigilant citizen. In a republican vision, the good citizen is the one who is proactive in taking initiative to change the world around herself, starting from a communal courtyard and ending with contributions to the work of local self-government. The Russian constitution, it was argued, is fit to accommodate such a vision but the ideas enshrined in the document appeared to be too advanced even for the political process that followed.

March 4, 2016

Public lectures for prospective students "Horizons of the political"

“Why do we support ‘our teams’?” A political perspective on sports.


  Dr. Vitalii Gorokhov gave a popular and introductory talk on the ways to understand and interpret sports politically. Dr Gorokhov particularly focused on political rhetoric around sports, the ways it relates to nation-building, and on fans movements.


March 2, 2016

The department research seminar "Municipal elite: an unknown power"


  Dr. Tarusina briefly overviewed theoretical approaches to the study of elites and presented research design of her own study. This research project is implemented by a team which comprises Dr. Tarusina and a number of students from the Department. The projects aims to study the composition of elites at the local level, their mobility and the ways they build relations with local communities. Research identified a number of problems that preclude effective communication and feedback among municipal authorities and local population.


February 17, 2016

The department research seminar "Football racism in Russia: institutions and discourses"



On February 17, as a part of its regular research seminar, the Department of Comparative Political Studies held a presentation of ongoing research under the title: “Football racism in Russia: institutions and discourses”. The presentation was by Dr. Vitaliy Gorokhov (an assistant professor), Ekaterina Zabrodkina (a 3rd year student), and Aleksandr Kokanov (a 4th year student). They presented the preliminary results of work devoted to the analysis of interrelation between football and racial discrimination.

V. Gorokhov outlined the theoretical framework of the study, while E. Zabrodkina and A. Kokanov presented preliminary results of questionnaire survey of first year students studying at St. Petersburg universities. The presentation provoked heated debate, especially over the working definition of racism, used by research group, as well as the theoretical and methodological difficulties of analysing this phenomenon. We look forward to the next presentation from this departmental research group, “Politics, society, sport: comparative analysis” (V. Gorokhov, V. Pasynkova).



December 10, 2015

Public lecture. Niilo Kauppi “Civil society and interest representation in the EU”


The Department of Comparative Political Studies is proud to have hosted a public lecture by a Finland Distinguished Professor Niilo Kauppi on December 10, 2015Professor Kauppi is the leader of research project «Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity» carried out at the University of Jyväskylä and funded by the Academy of Finland.

Title of the lecture:

“Civil society and interest representation in the EU”

According to standard political theory, a legitimate political system requires intermediate institutions like NGOs to bridge the gap between political power and citizens. In the EU, supranational institutions like the European Commission have considerable power but democratic accountability and legitimacy are missing. Since the 1980s in view of democratizing the EU the Commission has been eager to create ‘European civil society’. How has this worked out?  What are the limits of this enterprise?

In the past professor Kauppi was a director of research center «Societies, Actors and Government in Europe» at the University of Strasbourg; a vice-chair of European Consortium for Political Research; and the president of Finnish Political Science Association. Professor Kauppi is the author and co-author of A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe (ed.) (ECPR Press, 2013) and Transnational Power Elites: The New Professionals of Governance, Law and Security (ed. with Mikael Rask Madsen) (Routledge, 2013). He also published in International Political Sociology.


December 4, 2015

Inter-university comparative politics seminar in St Petersburg

Professor Grigorii Golosov "The nationalization of political parties and conversion of votes into seats in Parliaments under the plural electoral system"


Prof. Golosov presented his research project examining the impact of territorial patterns of electoral support upon “vote-to seat” conversion. The research builds on the empirical data from a nearly comprehensive set of democracies that use single-member plurality systems or mixed electoral systems with single-member plurality components. The findings confirm the researcher’s hypothesis that single-member plurality gives a representational bonus to parties with a lower level of nationalization. This effect is contingent upon an absolute and relative size of the party, so that large parties and frontrunners in particular, get an advantage irrespectively of their nationalization. Mixed electoral rules further facilitate their advantage, while the gains of very small parties tend to be enhanced by a large size of the assembly. The findings contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of party system development under Duvergerian conditions.

Video of the lecture you will find the link http://sziu.ranepa.ru/publication/1490/master-klass-golosova-gv/ 


November 27, 2015

“Horizons of the political”


Dr Inessa Tarusina “Compliance and non-compliance with rules in politics”


November 13, 2015

“Horizons of the political”

Dr Svetlana Tulaeva “Anti-corruption policy in Russia: why does anti-corruption legislation leads to more corruption?”


November 3, 2015

The department research seminar



Dr Svetlana Tulaeva

The “asphalt” Nivkhs: custom, state and globalization.

The research project examines the patterns that relations among indigenous people, the state and oil companies take, and identifies factors that explain the emergence of particular patterns.


October 30, 2015

“Horizons of the political”


Dr Ella Saginadze

Russian "lieux de mémoire": The Crimean peninsula on the Russia’s symbolic maps.

The lecture was devoted to the formation of the Crimean myth in the Russian culture. In particular, it investigated how the peninsula was turned into an actual national space and became the object of memory ("lieu de memoire"). It was argued that the Crimea is still playing a significant role in the collective Russian consciousness. For many Russians the Crimea is perceived as the ‘heart’ and the center of Russia, not a periphery.


October 28, 2015

Inter-university comparative politics seminar in St Petersburg


Pavel Kononenko

“The reform of local self-government in Russia: survival analysis of mayors, 2003-2015”

This talk demonstrated the benefits of statistical method “survival analysis” for quantitative studies in comparative politics. 


October 16, 2015.

“Horizons of the political”


Dr Vitalii Gorokhov

“Comparative methods in the study of politics”


October 9, 2015

“Sports, state policy and nation-building”


Research project presentation: Dr Vitalii Gorokhov and Dr Veronika Pasynkova, students Ms Galina Yakovleva and Mr Alexander Kokanov

“Sports, state policy and nation-building” (research project supported by the grant of the RANEPA, Moscow)

The project examined the link between political decision-making and behavior of sportsmen and sports fans, parallels in political and sports leadership, and the impacts of mega-events in sports. Researchers reflected on the methods employed in the project, access to empirical data and obstacles to data collection.


September 14, 2015

“History of economic thought: from the Greeks to modernity”


2015 Dr Pavel Usanov presented a first in the public lecture series “History of economic thought: from the Greeks to modernity”

Lectures will be held every Monday until December 21, 2015.



April, 23, 2014

President of International University of Venice Umberto Vattani shared his view on global issues with the DCPS students.

April 24, 2014

Conference "Municipal elites - unknown power".

During the event assistant professor Ms. Inessa Tarusina has made a presentation on the characteristics and features of the interaction of municipal elites of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region and Senior Lecturer Ms. Tatiana Barandova has made a presentation on gender aspects of municipal policy.


March 14, 2014

Lecture on "Switzerland and the Francophonie" from the Consul General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg Mr. Michel Failletaz.


March 18, 2014

Conference "Political tendencies of Russia today: expert view".

Key speakers were members of the International Advisory Board: Professor of the European University in St. Petersburg Vladimir Gelman, professor of political science of Munich University of Ludwig-Maximilians Petra Shtykov, professor of government of Wesleyan University Peter Rutland.

The discussion was very active. The central theme of the first part of the discussion was the "resource curse" launched by Vladimir Gelman. Peter Rutland focused his speech on the problems of Russian identity.

Current political situation in Ukraine was also discussed. Students and experts together have traced the roots of the current situation and tried to predict its development.

The IAB representatives were very pleased with the high level of discussion and asked questions. In turn, students have got first-hand information on perception of Russian political trends in Western countries.

March 20, 2014

Conference "Golden triangle: sport, business and mass media at the Olympics in Sochi".

Representatives of business, media, sports organizations attended this event. The organizers of the conference tryed to create non-academic atmosphere, and its participants shared vivid emotions and impressions of the Sochi Olympic games.


December 19, 2013


International Colloquium "Historical semantics sub specie philologiae» was held at 16:30 at the Faculty of Comparative Political Studies (Chernyakhovskogo str. 6/10, Room 414). The Colloquium was devoted to a theoretical interpretation of the conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte) as philological discipline.


Concepts study usually comes close to such spheres of knowledge as political theory, philosophy and intellectual history. Meanwhile, the study of the history of concepts also requires attention to the history of words, semantic fields, metaphors and topoi.


The colloquium will gather together experts from Germany, Russia and the United States. They will discuss the contribution that linguistics and studies of literature can make in this area of expertise. In particular, participants will focus on the theoretical potential of historical semasiology in the light of works of such prominent philologists as L.Spitzer, A.Meyer, V.Vinogradov and V.Zhivov.


December 23, 2013

President of the Foundation "Sophia Antipolis" Dominique Fache with a lecture "Sophia Antipolis and the phenomenon of technological parks"


October 17, 2013

Consul of France Thibault Furrer with a lecture "French diplomacy: the role and tradition"


February 22, 2013

Professor of Humboldt University Helmut Vollman with a lecture "Local government reforms in European Countries: Between convergent and divergent, conflicting and complementary developments"

October 10, 2012

Dutch Ambassador for Human Rights Lionel Veer with a lecture on "Corporate Social Responsibility - benefits for politics, society and business"


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