Thomas F. Remington

Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science

Office: 306 Tarbutton Hall

Phone: 404-727-6566

Fax: 404-727-4586


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

Emory University
1555 Dickey Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30322


  • A.B., Government, Oberlin College, 1970
  • M.A., Russian and East European Studies, Yale University, 1974
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1978


Thomas F. Remington is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University.  He is also an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and Senior Researcher at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He is author of a number of books and articles on Russian and comparative politics. Among his publications are Presidential Decrees in Russia: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Politics of Inequality in Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Russian Parliament: Institutional Evolution in a Transitional Regime, 1989-1999 (Yale University Press, 2001); The Politics of Institutional Choice: Formation of the Russian State Duma (co-authored with Steven S. Smith) (Princeton University Press, 2001). Other books include Politics in Russia (7th edition, 2011); Parliaments in Transition (1994); The Truth of Authority: Ideology and Communication in the Soviet Union (1988); and Building Socialism in Bolshevik Russia: Ideology and Industrial Organization, 1917-1921 (1984).
   He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and of the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. From 1993-2007 he was Advisor for Russia Workshops for the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project, based in Amsterdam, and helped plan and direct a series of workshops for parliamentarians in a number of cities in Russia.
   His research focuses on the development of political institutions in post-communist states, including parliamentary politics, legislative-executive relations, and labor market and social welfare institutions in Russia and China. In addition to courses dealing with Russian political development, he teaches courses on Chinese politics, comparative political institutions and comparative social policy.


Recent Research

Regional Variation in Business-Government Relations in Russia and China,” Problems of Post-Communism (forthcoming).

“Why is interregional inequality in Russia and China not falling?”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2015),

Pension Reform in Authoritarian Regimes: Russia and China Compared (Working paper)

with Michael Rochlitz, Andrei Yakovlev and Vera Kulpina, “Performance Incentives and Economic Growth: Regional Officials in Russia and China,” Eurasian Geography and Economics,  (forthcoming).

(with Xiao Wen Cui), “The Impact of the 2008 Labor Contract Law on Labor Disputes in China,” Journal of East Asian Studies 15 (2015), 271–299.

Institutional Variation among Russian Regional Regimes: Implications for Social Policy and the Development of Non-Governmental Organizations, Voluntas (forthcoming)

Thomas F. Remington, Irina Soboleva, Anton Sobolev & Mark Urnov (2013) Economic and Social Policy Trade-Offs in the Russian Regions:Evidence from Four Case Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, 65:10, 1855-1876, DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2013.838055.

Thomas F. Remington, "The Russian Middle Class as Policy Objective," Post-Soviet Affairs,2011, 27,2, pp. 1-37. DOI: 10.2747/1060-586X.27.2.1

Ora John Reuter  and Thomas F. Remington (2009) Dominant Party Regimes and the Commitment Problem The Case of United Russia, 42:4, 501-526, DOI: 10.1177/0010414008327426.

Public Scholarship

"Ten Reasons for Russia's Coming Fiscal Squeeze," The Monkey Cage, Washington Post, February 14, 2014.

 "While America Tweets, China Soars," Washington Post, December 19, 2013.

 "Toward a New Social Contract in China: Overcoming the Legacy of the Old Regime," China Currents 12(1)  (2013).  

 "Growth, Inequality, and the Middle Class in Post-communist Russia," Poverty in Focus: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth(26)  (2013): 28-30.  

 "Why America Needs Another 'Sputnik Moment' to Tackle National Challenges," Scholars Strategy Network Policy Brief, March 2013.