Skalny Center Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Rochester
I am collecting data on the career trajectories of Russian regional elites in the 2000s in order to examine a series of questions about how nominally democratic institutions—legislatures, elections, and parties—function in a modern authoritarian regime. This Database of Russian Regional Elites includes original, comprehensive data on the biographies and career trajectories of Russian governors, vice governors, regional legislators, mayors, party officials, State Duma Deputies, Federation Council Senators, and federal bureaucrats in the regions from 2000-2011. The data will help answer questions about how authoritarian institutions operate and the conditions under which they fortify authoritarian rule.
Ora John Reuter is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester and a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His research interests include authoritarian regimes, political parties, elections, democratization, and comparative political economy. He is currently working on a book about ruling parties in authoritarian regimes.