11th Annual Lipset Lecture: Russia’s Political System: The Drama of Decay

October 29, 2014
06:00 pm - 08:30 pm

About the Event


Lilia ShevtsovaSenior Associate, Carnegie Moscow Center

Lilia Shevtsova chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is also a senior research associate at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economics and an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). She is founding chair of the Davos World Economic Forum Council on Russia’s Future; a member of the Boards of the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), the Finnish Centre for Excellence in Russian Studies (Helsinki), the Liberal Mission Foundation, and the New Eurasia Foundation (Moscow); a member of the editorial boards of The American Interest, Pro et Contra, and the Journal of Democracy. Previously, Dr. Shevtsova was a professor of political science at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, deputy director of the Institute for International Economic and Political Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and director of the Center of Political Studies in Moscow. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, and Georgetown University, as well as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Shevtsova is the author or editor of fifteen books, including: Putin’s Russia (2005); Russia— Lost in Transition (2007); Lonely Power (2010); Change or Decay (with Andrew Wood, 2011); and Crisis: Russia and the West in the Time of Trouble (with David Kramer, 2013). In November 2014, Dr. Shevtsova will be moving to the Brookings Institution as a nonresident Senior Fellow.


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About the Lecture Series

The Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World was inaugurated in 2004 by the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto as an important new forum for discourse on democracy and its progress worldwide.

The lecture is named for one of the great democratic scholars and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Seymour Martin Lipset’s scholarship on such themes as the conditions for democracy, political parties, voting behavior, extremist movements, ideologies, and public opinion constitutes one of the most prolific, insightful, and widely read bodies of work on democracy ever produced by a single author.

Lipset was also one of the most important comparative analysts of the two great democracies of North America, and a strong advocate for US-Canadian cooperation. The joint US-Canadian sponsorship of the Lipset Lecture provides an opportunity for influential audiences in both countries to hear and discuss a major intellectual statement on democracy each year. It serves as a catalyst for further cooperation between Canada and the United States in the promotion of democracy and democratic ideas around the world.

The Lipset Lecture is delivered in both the US and Canada. It is an intellectual platform for men and women who, like Lipset, have made important contributions to our thinking about key issues of democracy through their writings and other accomplishments.