Slavic-Eurasian Research Center 2019 Summer International Symposium

Global Crisis of Democracy?
The Rise and Evolution of Authoritarianism and Populism

Date: July 4-5, 2019

Venue: Room 403, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC), Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Language: English
in Japanese --->       Access Map --->    Past Symposia --->    


 July 4 (Thu)
9:30-9:40 Opening Remarks
9:40-12:00 Session 1. Approaches and Perspectives in Empirical Analysis of Populism

Masaru Nishikawa (Tsuda University)

  “Was the People’s Party in the United States Really Populistic?”

Bruno Castanho Silva (University of Cologne)

  “Never Mind, I’ll Find Someone Like Me: The Relationship between Perceived Representation and Populist Attitudes”

Toru Yoshida (Hokkaido University)

  “Is Populism Really Absent in Japan? An Institutional Approach to Its Regional Politics”



Takeshi Hieda (Osaka City University)

Xavier Mellet (Waseda University)


Chair: Akihiro Iwashita (SRC)
12:00-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 Session 2. Internal and International Aspects of Authoritarian Politics in Post-Soviet States

Thomas Ambrosio (North Dakota State University)

  “Hereditary Grooming in the Former Soviet Union: An Authoritarian Strategy for Patronal Presidential Regimes”

John Heathershaw (University of Exeter)

  “Transnational Uncivil Society: A Framework for Discussion from Eurasia and Beyond”

   (co-authored with Alexander Cooley, Columbia University)

Tomohiko Uyama (SRC)

  “Authoritarianism and Nationalism in Central Asia: Do Political Regime and Foreign Relations Correlate?”



Timur Dadabaev (University of Tsukuba)



Takeshi Yuasa (Sophia University)

15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:30 Session 3. Sources of Authoritarianism and Its Governing Capacity

Roberto Stefan Foa (University of Cambridge)

  “The Authoritarian Challenge: Democratic Legitimacy in Post-Authoritarian States”

Roula Nezi (University of Surrey)

  “Authoritarian Legacies and Their Effect on Political Attitude Formation”

Tomoki Kamo (Keio University)

  “Groping for a Better Way: The Relationship between the CCP and Society”



Takeshi Kawanaka (Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)


Chair: David Wolff (SRC)
18:00- Reception at Sapporo Aspen Hotel
  July 5 (Fri)
10:15-11:45 Session 4. Transformation of Authoritarianism in Russia and China

Atsushi Ogushi (Keio University)

  “Russian Deputy Ministers: Patrimonial or Technocratic Elites?”

Catherine Owen (University of Exeter)

  “Participatory Authoritarianism: From Bureaucratic Transformation to Civic Participation in Russia and China”



Yuko Adachi (Sophia University)



Mari Aburamoto (Hosei University)

11:45-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:45 Session 5. Comparative Populism: Eastern Europe and Latin America

Kurt Weyland (University of Texas at Austin)

  “Populism’s Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the U.S.”

Yusuke Murakami (Kyoto University)

  “‘Populism’ in 21st Century Latin America”


Discussant: Takeshi Hirata (Tohoku University)
Chair: Tadayuki Hayashi (Kyoto Women’s University)
14:45-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-17:00 Session 6. Populism and the Economy

Manabu Sengoku (SRC)

  “Populist Governments and Economy: Differences between PiS and FIDESZ”

Pavol Babos (Comenius University)

  “Economic Populism in Central Europe: Comparing the Czech Republic and Slovakia”

Licia Cianetti (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  “Re-reading Democracy’s Hollowing and Backsliding through the Baltic Prism”



Akira Uegaki (Seinan Gakuin University)



Shinichiro Tabata (SRC)


17:00-17:15 Coffee break
17:15-18:00 General Discussion

Tomohiko Uyama (SRC)


Sponsored by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 18H03619 (Comparative Study of the Rise of Authoritarianism and Populism) and 16H03575 (Economic Policies of Emerging Democracies in the Post-Neoliberal Period).
Supported by Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS)

Organizing Committee:
Tomohiko Uyama, Manabu Sengoku, Yoichi Isahaya