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The Revolutionary Origins of Soviet Durability

The Revolutionary Origins of Soviet Durability
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Dec 1st, 2:00 pm End: Dec 1st, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, History (FAS), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC)
Talk by Lucan Way

The Munk School of Global Affairs presents

The Revolutionary Origins of Soviet Durability

The twentieth century saw the emergence of a number of authoritarian regimes ­ China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the USSR ­ that have both challenged the global order and persisted in the face of massive external pressure and catastrophic economic downturns. Drawing on statistical analysis and in-depth case studies, Lucan Way argues that the threat and resilience of such regimes can be traced to their origins in violent revolutionary conflict. A history of violent revolutionary struggle encourages external aggression but also inoculates regimes against major causes of authoritarian breakdown such as military coups and mass protest. Professor Way¹s talk will focus on the impact the Soviet Union¹s revolutionary origins on its durability in the face of repeated crises (rebellion, famine, foreign invasion) in the first half of the twentieth century.

Lucan Way received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Way¹s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources political competition in the former Soviet Union. His book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way¹s book and articles on competitive authoritarianism have been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule.

Way has also published articles in Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Society, Slavic Review, Studies in Comparative and International Development, World Politics, as well as in a number of area studies journals and edited volumes. His article in World Politics was awarded the Best Article Award in the Œcomparative Democratization¹ section of the American Political Science Association in 2006. Together with Steven Levitsky, Professor Way is currently writing a book, under contract with Princeton University Press, on the durability of authoritarian regimes founded in violent revolutionary struggle. He is Co-Directorof the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and is Co-Chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Democracy.

This event is free an open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Olga Kesarchuk at 416-946-8497


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