Parliamentary Oversight in Non-Democracies: The Case of Post-Soviet Russia

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  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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Opportunities for executive accountability are few in non-democracies – so stands the conventional wisdom. Indeed, the absence of accountability mechanisms, such as free and fair elections and independent courts, are features leading particular regimes to be classified as non-democratic in the first place. And yet, there is evidence of oversight sessions taking place in the legislatures of a number of authoritarian regimes. What explains this? And what explains who is overseen? This presentation will present preliminary findings from collaborative research (with Maxim Ananyev and Paul Schuler) on oversight of the executive in post-Soviet Russia. 

Dr Ben Noble is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He was previously the Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College, University of Oxford, from where he received his doctorate, the dissertation for which was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Walter Bagehot Prize. His research centres on legislative politics in non-democratic regimes, with particular projects focussing on executive factionalism and law-making in the Russian State Duma, and a cross-national study into cases of parliamentary closure. For the latter project, Ben has been awarded a 2019 British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. He has published articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, and The Journal of Legislative Studies.