Thomas F. Remington

Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus

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Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

Emory University
1555 Dickey Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30322


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


Thomas F. Remington is Goodrich C. White Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at Emory University.  He is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.  He is also a 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.



Recent Research

“Russian Economic Inequality in Comparative Perspective,” Comparative Politics (forthcoming).

“Public-Private Partnerships in TVET: Adapting the Dual System in the United States,” Journal of Vocational Education & Training (forthcoming).

“Gosudarstvenno-chastnye partnerstva v sfere SPO: adaptatsiia nemetskoi modeli dual’nogo obrazovaniia,” [“State-Private Partnerships in the Sphere of Secondary Vocational Education: Adaptation of the German Model of Dual Education”] Zhurnal Novoi ekonomicheskoi assotsiatsii 4(36), 2017, pp. 182-189.

“Institutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes: Pension Reform in Russia and China,” Problems of Post-Communism (forthcoming).

“Business-Government Cooperation in VET: A Russian Experiment with Dual Education,” Post Soviet-Affairs (2017) <>; published in Chinese as “Zhíyè jiàoyù yǔ péixùn zhōng de qǐyè-zhèngfǔ hézuò: Èluósī de “shuāng yuán zhì” jiàoyù shíyàn” (“Business-Government Cooperation in VET: A Russian Experiment in Dual Education,” Peking University Education Review 14:3 (July 2016), pp. 34-58; also published as “Sotrudnichestvo biznesa i gosudarstva v sfere SPO: rossiiskii eksperiment s dual’nym obrazovaniem,” as pre-print by National Research University - Higher School of Economics Basic Research Program Working Papers, Series Political Science WP BRP 38/PS/2016 (2016): 1-33.

"Regional Variation in Business-Government Relations in Russia and China," Problems of Post-Communism 63:1 (2016), pp. 1-12.
“Institutional Variation among Russian Regional Regimes: Implications for Social Policy and the Development of Non-Governmental Organizations,” Voluntas (DOI 10.1007/s11266-015-9643-6).

“Performance Incentives and Economic Growth: Regional Officials in Russia and China,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, with Michael Rochlitz, Andrei Yakovlev and Vera Kulpina, 56:4 (2015),  pp. 1-25.
"The Impact of the 2008 Labor Contract Law on Labor Disputes in China," (with Xiaowen Cui). Journal of East Asian Studies 15:2 (2015), pp. 271-299.
"Why is Interregional Inequality in Russia and China Not Falling?" Communist and Post-Communist Studies 48 (January 2015): 1-13.
 "Governors' Dilemmas: Economic and Social Policy Trade-Offs in the Russian Regions (Evidence from Four Case Studies)," (co-authored with Irina Soboleva, Anton Sobolev and Mark Urnov), Europe-Asia Studies 65:10 (2013): 1855-1876.
"The Russian Middle Class as Policy Objective," Post-Soviet Affairs,2011, 27,2, pp. 1-37. DOI: 10.2747/1060-586X.27.2.1
Dominant Party Regimes and the Commitment Problem The Case of United Russia,” 42:4, 501-526, DOI: 10.1177/0010414008327426. (with Ora John Reuter).

Public Scholarship

“Like Trump, Putin Issued Lots of Executive Orders Early On.  They Mostly Didn’t Work,” Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, March 2, 2017

“Economic Inequality in Russia: Sources and Consequences,” Russian Analytical Digest, No. 187, July 29, 2106, pp. 4-8.
“Toward U.S.-Russia Bilateral Cooperation in the Sphere of Cybersecurity,” with Chris Spirito, Elena Chernenko, Oleg Demidov, and Vitaly Kabernik, Working Group paper #7, May 2016, Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations <>
"One Belt, One Road, One Eurasia," China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, April 6, 2016 <>
"Here's how Alexander Hamilton Would Understand Russia's Regional Debt Crisis," The Monkey Cage, Washington Post, March 24, 2016 < >
"What To Make of the Putin Fan Club," Foreign Policy, Best Defense Blog, January 7, 2016. <>
"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