Modernization & Democracy

General Description
  • Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia: The introduction of parliamentary  and presidential institutions in non-Western polities, since the era of Constitutional Revolutions, often has not resulted in durable and efficient electoral democracies. Economic development and occupational transformations are at odds with political modernization attempts. A comparative study of China, Iran and Russia in contrast to three shadow cases: Japan, Turkey and Germany.
Current Projects
  • Resource Economy and Electoral Turnout, Russia post 2000
  • Modernization and Mobilization, Elements of Turnout in Nascent Electoral Institutions: Iran’s pre- and post-1979 Parliamentary Elections
  • Ethnicity or Economics? Public Goods Provision and Turnout in Turkey under AKP
Book Project
  • [Proposal Stage] Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia: Economic Reforms and Political Beginnings in Russia, Iran, China & Turkey (Tentative Title)
Research Group
Working Papers/Under Review
  • Voting Together, Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections: Evidence from Russia and Iran
  • Modernization and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections: The White Revolution and Elections to the Iranian National Assembly
  • Voter Turnout and Public Goods Provision in the Face of Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Turkey under AKP
Work in Progress
  • Industrial Development versus Agrarian Constituency: The Russian Constituent Assembly Elections in 1917

  • District Level Information on Political and Economic Modernization
    • Turkey’s Electoral and Economic Transformation under AKP
    • Iranian Parliamentary Elections Dataset, 1906-1975
    • Iranian Occupational/Demographic Census Datasets, 1956,66,76,86,96,06,11
    • Russian Turnout post 2000
    • Russian Duma/Constituent Assembly Dataset, 1906-1917
    • Russian Occupational/Demographic Census Datasets, 1897, 1926
    • [in process] Chinese and Ottoman Parliamentary Elections
Events, Courses, Related Projects
  • Comparative politics of Eurasia (HSE 2017-18)
  • Workshop at Princeton (2015): Iranian Electoral Politics: 1905-Present
  • Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 2015
  • Princeton University’s Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, 2015