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Kathryn Stoner
Journal Articles

Expect the Unexpected When Learning the Scholar’s Craft

Kathryn Stoner
H-Diplo , 2021
Part of an essay series on Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars
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Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order

Kathryn Stoner
2021
An assessment of Russia that suggests that we should look beyond traditional means of power to understand its strength and capacity to disrupt international politics.
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Conference Memos

Vladimir Putin’s Populism, Russia’s Revival, and Liberalism Lost

Kathryn Stoner
2017

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms: A Threat to Democracy?” workshop held at Stanford University in 2017.

This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

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Books

Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective

Kathryn Stoner, Michael A. McFaul, Beatriz Magaloni, Abbas Milani, Gregory Domber, Ray Jennings
The Johns Hopkins University Press , 2013

As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens’ desire for democratic government. Of course, desire is always tempered by reality; therefore how democratic demands are made manifest is a critical source of study for both political scientists and foreign policy makers. What issues and consequences surround the fall of a government, what type of regime replaces it, and to what extent are these efforts successful?

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Journal Articles

Whither Russia? Autocracy Is Here for Now, but Is It Here to Stay?

Kathryn Stoner
Perspectives on Politics , 2012

Judging from some of the titles of recent books on Russia—for example, Richard Sakwa's The Crisis of Russian Democracy, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova's Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism inside Russia, and Tom Remington's The Politics of Inequality in Russia—all is not well 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Corruption abounds, and state institutions are weak where they should be strong or strong where they should be weak.

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Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World

Michael A. McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Valerie Bunce
Cambridge University Press , 2009

This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to examine in depth three waves of democratic change that took place in eleven different former Communist nations. Its essays draw important conclusions about the rise, development, and breakdown of both democracy and dictatorship in each country and together provide a rich comparative perspective on the post-Communist world.

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Journal Articles

Russia and the Global Financial Crisis: The End of "Putinism"?

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
The Brown Journal of World Affairs , 2009

Given the dramatic change in Russia's economic circumstances a year after Medvedev's ascendancy to president and Putin's move to the office of prime minister, now is a particularly appropriate time to evaluate the political causes and effects of Russia's latest economic troubles. This article surveys Putin's economic legacy in Russi and argues that despite eight years of rapid growth, by the first quarter of 2009, Russia became caught in the same cycle of problems that it suffered in the 1990's when growth was negative, unemployment and inflation were high, and oil export prices were low.

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Working Papers

Domestic and International Influences on the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) and Russia's Initial Transition to Democracy (1993)

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Michael McFaul
CDDRL Working Papers , 2009

Before the democracy promotion efforts of Iraq or Afghanistan in the early 21st century, there was the Soviet Union in the late 20th century. For much longer, and with much greater capacity than Saddam Hussein’s regime or the Taliban, the Soviet regime threatened the United States. The destruction of the Soviet regime and the construction of a pro-Western, democratic regime in its place, therefore, was a major objective of American foreign policy. Some presidents pursued this goal more vigorously than others: Nixon cared less, Reagan rather more.

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Journal Articles

Myth of the Authoritarian Model, The

Michael A. McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Foreign Affairs , 2008
A growing conventional wisdom holds that Vladimir Putin's attack on democracy has brought Russia stability and prosperity -- providing a new model of successful market authoritarianism. But the correlation between autocracy and economic growth is spurious. Autocracy's effects in Russia have in fact been negative. Whatever the gains under Putin, they would have been greater under a democratic regime.
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Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Cambridge University Press , 2006

Why do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern? Why do they so often fail to provide their beleaguered populations with better access to public goods and services? Using original and unusual data, this book uses post-communist Russia as a case in examining what the author calls this broader "weak state syndrome" in many developing countries.

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Working Papers

When the Wave Hits a Shoal: The Internal and External Dimensions of Russia's Turn Away from Democracy

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
CDDRL Working Papers , 2006

When Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia in March 2000, the country bequeathed to him by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, was an unconsolidated, often disorderly and raucous electoral democracy. Gradually though, the Russian political system under Putin came to be described as first "managed democracy" then "illiberal democracy" or "delegated democracy" and finally, by 2005, a non-democracy.

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After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transition

Michael A. McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Cambridge University Press , 2004

This collection of essays is the result of a conference convened at Princeton University marking the ten year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some of the best minds in post-Soviet studies focused on the task of identifying in what ways the post-communist experience with transition has confirmed or confounded conventional theories of political and economic development. The result is a rich array of essays examining vital aspects of the transitional decade following the Soviet collapse and the comparative lessons learned.

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Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Russian Regional Government

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Princeton University Press , 2002

This book analyzes a crucial aspect of one of the great dramas of modern times -- the reconstitution of the Russian polity and economy after more than 70 years of communist rule. This is the first book to look comprehensively and systematically at Russia's democratic transition at the local level. Its goal is to explain why some of the new political institutions in the Russian provinces weathered the monumental changes of the early 1990s better than others.

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