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Conference: The crisis of Democracy? - Evidence from the Post-communist world

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The Crisis of Democracy?  Evidence from the Post-Communist World

December 6th, 2013

McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

Panel I: Dimensions of the Crisis of Democracy



Democracy in Eastern Europe: Myth, Ideology and Reality

Harald Wydra, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge


Economy, Corruption or Promiscuous Voters? Explaining the Success of Anti-Establishment Reform Parties in Eastern Europe

Sean Healey, Senior Lecturer in East European Politics, University College London

(co-author Allan Sikk, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University College London)


Legitimacy of Russia’s Regime and Trust in Persons vs Institutions

Nikolay Petrov, Higer School of Economics, Moscow, Russia


2.15-2.45pm Refreshments

Panel II: Comparisons of the Crises of Democracy


The Silent Waters are the Deepest? What Does the Lack of Popular Protest Mean for Public Support for Putin

Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent


The Price of Transition: Reassessing the Bulgarian Experience of Post-Communism

Ognyan Minchev, Professor оf Politics, Sofia University, Bulgaria


How Lack of Popular Support Influences Legitimacy to Lead: the Case of the Romanian President

Emanuel Coman, Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford University


4.15-4.45pm Refreshments

Panel III: Lessons of the Crisis of Democracy 


Democracy: Duality, Crisis or Reincarnation?

Gergana Dimova, Fellow in Politics, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge


Is Democracy in Crisis? Concluding Remarks 

John Dunn, Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge