BA Small Research Grant Award for Paul Chaisty
The research will examine the resilience (or otherwise) of post-soviet Russian political institutions when dealing with disasters and critical contingencies. Paul`s central focus will be on several critical episodes in Russian politics since 1990: The Prigorodnii ethnic conflict of 1992, the 1998 economic default, the 2003 Moscow Theatre siege and the 2004 Beslan hostage crisis. The aim in examining these cases is to develop a research agenda of a neglected but critical area of policy-making in Russia as well as be an important empirical contribution to current academic and policy debates about the strength/weakness of the Russian state.
Paul was appointed University Lecturer at St Antony`s College in 2005. Some of his recent publications include Legislative Politics and Economic Power in Russia (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), Party Cohesion and Policy-Making in Russia`, Party Politics, 11:3 (2005), and Defending the Institutional Status Quo: Communist Leadership of the Second Russian State Duma, 1996-1999`, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 28:1 (2003).