Seminar | Why did Putin invade Ukraine? A theory of degenerate autocracy
Why did Putin invade Ukraine? A theory of degenerate autocracy
Auhtor: Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago
Many, if not most, personalistic dictatorships end up with a disastrous, suicidal decision such as Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union, Hirohito's government launching a war against the United States, or Putin's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Even if the disastrous decision is not ultimately fatal for the regime such as Mao's Big Leap Forward or the Pol Pot's collectivization drive, they typically involve monumental miscalculation and lack of competence. We offer a theory of non-democratic regimes, in which the need for regime security dictates, in difficult circumstances, replacement of technocrats by incompetent loyalists, leading, in turn, to disastrous decisions.
About the speaker
His research interests include political economics, development, and economic theory. His papers have been published in leading academic journals in economics and political science.
Sonin earned MSc and PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University and MA in economics at Moscow’s New Economic School (NES), was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and served on the faculty of NES and HSE University in Moscow.
In addition to his academic work, Sonin has been writing columns and Op-Eds and a blog on Russian political and economic issues.
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