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Comparative Politics

Anastasiia Vlasenko (Ph.D. expected Fall 2021)
Curriculum Vitae

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University and a visiting researcher at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. I expect to defend my dissertation by Fall 2021. I study authoritarian politics and democratization with specialization in politics of Ukraine and Russia. My research focuses on transitional period reforms, propaganda, legislative politics, and elections. At FSU, I teach courses on comparative politics, statistics, and post-Soviet studies.

My dissertation examines the effect of legislative networks on corruption and political survival in Ukraine. Chapter 1 investigates how legislative networks affect the proliferation of corruption. I argue that well-connected legislators get more rent returns to office than their less connected peers due to the higher efficiency that attracts potential bribe-paying clients. Chapter 2 analyzes the impact of legislators’ clientelistic and patronage-ridden connections on their prospects of reelection under the conditions of weak democratic institutions. Chapter 3 studies the electoral effects of institutional reforms (decentralization) at national and local levels. This project has been supported through Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship at Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Dissertation Research Grant at Florida State University.

Other projects: My second project focuses on the electoral effects of symbolic politics. In the paper “The Real Consequences of Symbolic Politics: Breaking the Soviet Past in Ukraine” (with Arturas Rozenas), which is currently under review, we show that the removals of the Soviet symbols in Ukraine mobilized supporters for parties with a relatively sympathetic view of Soviet past, creating a backlash effect. I am also working on co-authored projects analyzing the electoral effects of Russian Orthodox Church expansion (with Katie Hess), forecasting German federal election 2021 (with Mark Kayser and Arndt Leininger), and investigating the effect of religious competition in Ukraine on local elections (with Tymofii Brik).

Dissertation Committee: Quintin Beazer (Chair), Holger Kern, and Amanda Driscoll.