The second Ghent Russia Colloquium

Theme: Russia’s Political Economy Since 1992: Back to the Future?

Since 1992, Russia has changed face repeatedly. The socio-economic collapse of the transition period governed by the Washington consensus, the financial meltdown with the default of August 1998, the emergence of Vladimir Putin as the new power broker and Russia’s economic revival during this period, Putin’s personal evolution from an economic liberal to a conservative nationalist, the ensuing stagnation of the Russian economy, and the renewed political and economic tensions with the West, have provided a breath-taking socio-economic roller-coaster that left most observers deeply puzzled. The early 2000 prediction of Shleifer and Treissman that Russia was about to become a normal country has been refuted by reality. Therefore, academic research that helps us to understand in which direction Russia might be going in light of its recent history is strongly needed.

The purpose of the second Ghent colloquium is to bring together scholars and practitioners working in various disciplines to present their research on the political economy of Russia.


You can consult the full programme here.


The slides of the different presentations are available, as well as some papers for which the authors gave consent to publish them online.

Panel 1: Banking and Financial Markets

Panel 2: Long lasting Effects of Transition

Panel 3: Energy

Panel 5: Institutions and Firms

Panel 6: Institutional Development in Russia

Panel 7: Redistribution and Inequality

Panel 8: Institutions and the Public/Private Boundary


Pictures of the event are available on the photo gallery


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