June 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
George Washington University
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

This presentation sheds light on an important determinant of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy: the relationship between government actors and business owners. How have state-business  relations evolved since Putin came to power? What is the impact of corruption and insecure property rights on the strategies of Russian firms? Are Russia’s oligarchs likely to change the country’s trajectory? The discussion draws on the author’s extensive fieldwork in Russia since 2003.

Stanislav Markus is Associate Professor of International Business at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Professor Markus received his PhD in Government from Harvard University. Professor Markus works on state-business relations in the post-Soviet space, including the issues of lobbying, corruption, expropriation, regulatory enforcement, party finance, and property rights. His book –Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine(Cambridge University Press, 2015) – was awarded the 2016 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research by the International Social Science Council. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including World Politics,Comparative Political Studies, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Daedalus, and Polity.