Prof. Dr. Andrei Yakovlev 

Harvard University, USA
Jul 2024 - Okt 2024
Nov 2023 - Apr 2024

Andrei Yakovlev

Projekte & Publikationen


Twenty years ago, one could hardly imagine there would be a full-scale war in Europe. Nevertheless, in February 2022, the Russian army launched such a war against Ukraine, triggering off one of the gravest crises in modern history. This project is an attempt to understand why such degradation of political and social institutions has become possible in Russia and what actions by internal and external actors can prevent similar processes in other countries.

The project will focus on a political economy analysis of relationships between the main groups in the Russian elites and society over the past 30 years, as well as an analysis of the interactions of the Russian elites with external actors represented by international organizations, transnational companies and foreign governments. One of the goals of the project is to show who and how — after the collapse of the Putin’s regime — could build a state in Russia that would be accountable to its citizens and capable of constructive cooperation with other countries.

As a theoretical base the project will use limited access orders framework elaborated in late works of Nobel Laureate Douglass North combined with varieties-of-capitalism approach. The project will employ large-scale empirical datasets collected by HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development in 2011-2021 in cooperation with prominent US and German scholars and will continue previous collaboration with researchers from University of Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines, Universität Bremen
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz, University of Oxford
Yakovlev, A., Kalgin, A. and Bakshuk, M. (2023). Factors of carrier promotion for regional and local officials in Russia: evidences from large-scale list experiment. QoG Working paper Series, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 18, 2023.
Yakovlev, A., Freinkman, L., Ershova, N. and Ahalian, A. (2023). What helps improve outcomes of industrial policy? Evidence from Russia. QoG Working paper Series, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 19, 2023.