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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

Russia’s Presidential Election

Andrew Barnes, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University
Friday April 13, 2012
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

The U.S. presidential election is settling into a new phase, with both nominees known but the result extremely uncertain. The French presidential election is coming soon, with the uncertainty that follows from none of the candidates being real popular (which may sound familiar) and a two-stage election process. But the third of the big elections of 2012 has already occurred. Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia in voting on March 4, with a reported 64% of the vote.

This was not a surprise. For many reasons there was no strong opposition party, or candidate. But there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the current Russian regime, as shown both in December's parliamentary elections and in local government elections that have taken place over the past month. Putin has ruled as either President or Prime Minister for the past twelve years. What are the prospects for this regime going forward, and for the Russian nation?

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Andrew Barnes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught courses at Georgetown University and the University of Miami (FL) before moving to Kent. His research interests include post-communist politics and economics, the international political economy of oil, and links between markets and democracy. He has published articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, East European Politics and Societies, and Europe-Asia Studies, among other outlets. His book, Owning Russia: The Struggle over Factories, Farms, and Power, was published in 2006 by Cornell University Press.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

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Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 20: TBA

April 27: Obama and Alinsky, or: What Happens When a President Thinks Like a Community Organizer. Justin Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cleveland State University
April 9, 2012

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Upcoming Events

Deng Xiaoping and the Opening of China

Ezra Vogel, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at Harvard University, Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:30-6pm, Room 108, Mandel Center, Case Western Reserve University. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by Asian Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University.

Party and Ideology

John Zaller, Professor of Political Science at UCLA, Tuesday April 17, 2012, 4:30-6pm, Room 309, Clark Hall, Case Western Reserve University. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Anyone who has watched the bitter competition between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress in recent years, or the fight to win the Republican nomination for President this year, might be wondering how to explain the current political party system in the United States. It looks like a period of deep ideological cleavages between the parties, and pretty strict enforcement of some form of ideological correctness at least in one of them. Yet for decades or even centuries scholars of politics have argued that ideological divisions were relatively weak in our elections and legislative process. What is happening, and what has happened?

This may be the central question for understanding the current state of American politics. So it will be a special pleasure to welcome to campus, on April 17, one of the leading and most original scholars of both parties and public opinion in the country, John Zaller.

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