The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2013

c2b3dd9181573107_9ec9ba2935“Can Russia Modernise”

by Professor Alena Ledeneva

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture was kindly hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

To read a report of the lecture, click here.

Professor Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She is a distinguished scholar specialising in the inner workings of Russian politics and the Russian economy. She has written several books; her latest is on the subject of this lecture. A fuller biography is below.

The Head of Communications at EBRD, Jonathan Charles, welcomed the guests and moderated the questions. The event was under the Chatham House rule.

The lecture was followed by a reception, to allow for further discussion and networking with others with an interest in the field.

The BEARR Trust is a UK-based organisation set up to help children and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. We believe the best way to do this is to help small NGOs in the region to build knowledge, know-how, skills and contacts including with those doing similar work in the UK. The EBRD works to build democracy and to bring sustainable prosperity to peoples and countries from Central Europe to Central Asia.

Speaker biography:

Alena V. Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK.

She studied Economics at the Novosibirsk State University (1986) and Social and Political Theory at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College, M.Phil.1992; Ph.D.1996). She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge, 1996-1999; a Senior Fellow at the Davis Center, Harvard University (2005); a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester (2006); and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2010).

She has published a number of books including How Russia Really Works (Cornell University Press, 2006) and Russia’s Economy of Favours (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and numerous articles.

Her expertise is on Russia and global affairs, global governance and corruption; informal economy; economic crime; informal practices in corporate governance; role of networks and patron-client relationships. Her new book is Can Russia Modernise? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2013)


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