Visiting Scholar Timothy Frye’s Research on Politics in Eastern Europe Featured in the Press

October 30, 2019

Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University, is currently a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. While in residence at the foundation, Frye will conduct a research project on the conditions under which employers mobilize their workers during elections. Using administrative data and post-election surveys in nine countries, he will explore the causes, consequences, and prevalence of this form of workplace mobilization. 

As part of his ongoing research in comparative politics, Frye wrote about the impact of protesters being allowed to proceed with peaceful demonstrations in Russia for the Washington Post, concluding that those allowed to protest expressed more trust in the government. This increased trust in government was most pronounced among people who identified with the opposition to the ruling party, those least likely to expect the government to allow them political freedom.  This article stems from a research study and paper Frye co-authored with Ekaterina Borisova (National Research University Higher School of Economics) and published in the Journal of Politics, “Elections, Protest, and Trust in Government: A Natural Experiment from Russia.” Frye was also recently interviewed on MSNBC about the current political upheaval surrounding President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

Frye is the author of Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia, which won the 2001 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy, which won a Best Book Prize from the APSA Comparative Democratization section in 2010; and Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions, and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia, which was published in 2017. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development among others. He is also Director of the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at State Research University-Higher Economics School, Moscow.


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