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Observing Elite Support for Democracy: The Prison Vote in Poland and Ukraine

Might adding new voters help a government undermine democracy? Yes, suggests a comparative analysis of prison voting in Poland and Ukraine.

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New Generation of Victors: Narrating the Nation in Russian Presidential Discourse, 2012–2019

How has the Russian leadership portrayed the nation since Crimea? Veera Laine identifies three narratives: victorious nation, moral nation, and multinational but ethnically hierarchical nation.

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The Russian State and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Is Politics Coming Back?

The number of Nenets reindeer herders has grown even as oil and gas development has intensified, sparking resistance. Arbakhan Magomedov illuminates the “Yamal Paradox.”

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The Political Values of the State and Private Sectors of the Russian Middle Class

What values do the Russian middle classes espouse? It depends whether they work in the state sector or the private sector, argue Mareeva and Ross.

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Call for Papers

Demokratizatsiya is ‪looking for submissions on "African-Americans and Africans in the Soviet Union and African-Russians Today" to be considered for a special issue in Winter 2022.‬

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About Demokratizatsiya

Interested in understanding post-Soviet transformation? Look no further! Since 1992, Demokratizatsiya contributors have been providing scholarly insights into the forces that shape the region, from perestroika to Putin.

In each quarterly issue, distinguished and emerging scholars from around the world address politics, economics, social issues, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, and human rights. Recent articles have covered blogging in Runet, the Donbass War, and the portrayal of female heroes in Kyrgyz nation-building.

Demokratizatsiya is ranked in Scopus. As of January 2020, the journal is in the 68th percentile of social science journals, with a CiteScore of 0.92.

Demokratizatsiya appears in the European Reference Index for the Humanities. Learn more here.

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Infographic #1: Belarus

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #2: Armenia

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #3: Ukraine

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #4: The Russian Opposition

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #5: Central Asian Media

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #6: Azerbaijan

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #7: Russia-China Relations

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #8: Putin and Medvedev

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Infographic #9: Kyrgyzstan

Working on a syllabus for next academic year? We're here to help! We've compiled lists of select up-to-date articles about various countries and topics in the post-Soviet space. Need something specific? Email us at demjournal@gwu.edu!

Authoritarians and Elections: A Conversation with Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Central Asia expert and Demokratizatsiya contributor Donnacha Ó Beacháin discusses regional elections, authoritarianism, and what young scholars should know.

Russian State Coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Election: An Interview with Tina Burrett

Tina Burrett discusses her research on Russian TV news during the election and shares surprising findings. Plus, find out Tina's advice for young scholars.

Elections in Post-Soviet Space: A Conversation with Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau

Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau take us behind the scenes of the October 2017 special issue about post-Soviet elections.

Anonymous Women and "Honorary Males": A Conversation with Nuraida Abdykapar kyzy

Read on for a look at the research behind 'Female Heroes in a Man's World: The Construction of Female Heroes in Kyrgyzstan's Symbolic Nation-Building" (April 2017) and to find out what's next for Nuraida.

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The journal covers politics, economics, social issues, crime, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, human rights, and other topics, with a focus on developments since the end of the Soviet Union.

We welcome submissions of articles by recognized and emerging academics, journalists, practitioners and other specialists. We are especially interested in scholarly articles that have policy relevance. Historically, Demokratizatsiya has published English language articles ranging between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Additionally, as part of our commitment to develop and publish new voices, we have recently added a new section, “Perspectives: Concise Analyses of Current Events.” The section will include short pieces (about 2,000 – 3,000 words) from undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career scholars who have something to say on a range of contemporary topics in post-Soviet space. We’re looking for the same policy relevance and focus on democratization as we seek in our longer articles, but in a more concise, timely package. Once authors submit an article, our editorial team will work with each one individually to develop their work, providing extensive editorial feedback.

There are no costs associated with submitting a manuscript to Demokratizatsiya or having it published. Each manuscript submitted will be evaluated by double blind peer review by at least two reviewers with published scholarship on related topics. We hope to respond to each submission within four months. We will only accept a manuscript for peer review if the manuscript is not being considered for publication by any other journal. You are welcome to publish the pre-prints online after the text has been accepted for publication.

Our submission guidelines are available here. For more information or to submit a manuscript, please contact Robert Orttung, editor, and Ellen Powell, managing editor, at demjournal@gwu.edu.

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