Research and Studies

Liberalism in Russia. From the deadly sin of pride to the deadly sin of sloth

The European Dialogue Expert Group and the Moscow office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on September 28 held another meeting from the Liberal Agenda in the 21st Century cycle. The debate which involved Russian and European experts was dedicated to prospects of liberalism in modern Russia. We publish the theses of the presentation of the first speaker at the meeting, Vladimir Gelman, a political scientist and professor of the European University in St Petersburg and the Helsinki University

Authoritarian Russia and possible paths to a law-based and constitutional state

Every expert agrees with the statement of the fundamental fact: modern Russia that legally and politically defined itself after 1991 as a law-based and constitutional state is in practice neither of the two. The Constitution of 1993 declaring the rule of law and inviolability of the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens does not work in practice

Ukraine embraced by populists

Populism has been an integral part of Ukraine’s public policy from the very beginning of the country’s sovereignty. What kind of Ukrainian values have supported it? Why conventional left-wing parties lost their ground to the populists? What is happening on the populistic front now? You will find answers to these and other questions in our analytical article

Mission is possible, but it will take a lot of hard work

Is the mission of building a law-based state in Russia possible? Still remaining in the same paradigm, I would like to cast a look at this problem at a slightly different angle. I am not as pessimistic as everyone else mostly because a lot has been accomplished in these 25 years given the gloomy USSR heritage. So we do have hope…

Scandinavian populism. Has Sweden had a narrow escape from a disaster at its recent parliamentary elections?

Not only in Russia was September 9th a single voting day: Swedish voters also went to the polling stations on that day to exercise their right to vote in general national elections with over 20% supporting Swedish Democrats, populist anti-immigrant party. Since experts expected the ultra right to fare even better, the results of recent elections are perceived as a victory of progressive forces. However, loss of majority in Rigsdag by socialists brings new political risks related either to minority government or grand political coalition. In both scenarios the new cabinet is unlikely to resolve all problems, which fuel popularity of the ultra right forces in Sweden, namely unemployment and difficulty of integrating 1st generation migrants in society.

Economy during the crisis of liberalism

We publish one chapter from a future book on liberalism, which looks deeper into how well modern economy is doing whilst its underlying liberal ideas are undermined by a crisis

Populism. Evolution in Russian politics

A group of like-minded social activists and experts from think tanks in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany held a number of meetings starting from autumn 2015 in an attempt to imagine new security layout in Europe, discuss possible scenarios of the European future, explore solutions to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine as well as Russia and the West. Following a number of meetings the group has prepared an analytical report highlighting possible solutions for these problems. Below you will find the third part of this report on populist movements and sources of their origin in Russia and Europe

The Quadrologue. What values provide a common European future

“European Dialogue” Expert Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have completed a joint project focused on studying populism as a contemporary European and Russian phenomenon. As the result of the study early in 2018 a team of European and Russian experts published a book “Populism as a Common Challenge”. The European Dialogue website presents the ninth chapter of the book, in which Nickolay Petrov, political scientist, professor, Higher School of Economics, and member of our expert group looks into the nuances of Russian populism, revealing how it has been manifesting itself and anchoring in substitutes since 1999

On some reasons for the lack of a legal nature of the state in post-Soviet Russia and the prospects for the creation of a legal state

On February 27, 2018, the third anniversary of assassination of Boris Nemtsov, prominent Russian politician, social activist and true citizen, Sakharov centre in Moscow hosted a scientific conference on matters of building a state governed by the rule of law in Russia. Leading Russian legal experts, historians, sociologists, liberal politicians and social activists reviewed a number of key aspects related to the future of the rule of law in Russia. Mikhail Krasnov, doctor of law, in his address defined three reasons, which until now have resulted in Russia failing to build a law-governed state and also offered three measures to remediate the situation

Centralization and decentralization: a liberal response to EU and Russia

“The European Dialogue” expert group is getting ready to publish a book on liberalism and the idea of freedom in the 21st century. Leading economists, social and political scientists have for a year been discussing various processes, which are currently underway in liberal states and challenges faced by these states. One chapter from a future book on liberalism, in which federalism and decentralization in Russia, EU, and USA is explored.

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