University Leader Appointment Procedure in the Russian Federation: Building a Vertical of Power in Higher Education

26 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021

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Daria Gerashchenko

European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP)

Date Written: January 31, 2021

Abstract

Modernization reforms in Russian universities over the past 20 years have, among other things, led to the replacement of university leader elections with direct appointment. Although over half of the public universities in Russia still elect their academic leaders, electoral competitiveness is debatable. Given the vast diversity of universities, it is expected that the government will differentiate it policy depending on university type. This paper seeks to shed some light on whether the remaining rector elections are competitive. Using a sample of Russian universities, it shows that the remaining elections are not competitive and that the government differentiates its policy toward universities by more often appointing rectors at leading universities to have more control over them.

Keywords: higher education, academic leadership, university leader appointment procedure, russia

Suggested Citation

Gerashchenko, Daria, University Leader Appointment Procedure in the Russian Federation: Building a Vertical of Power in Higher Education (January 31, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3822399 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3822399

Daria Gerashchenko (Contact Author)

European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) ( email )

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St. Petersburg, 191187
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