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Olga Shvetsova

Olga Shvetsova

Comparative Politics

Professor of Political Science and Economics
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Department of Political Science
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, USA
Voice: 607-777-4230
Fax: (607) 777-2675
Brief CV


Professor Shvetsova's research focuses on determinants of political strategy in the political process. Broadly stated, these include political institutions that define the “rules of the game” and societal characteristics that shape goals and opportunities of the participant players. Her work belongs in the fields of constitutional political economy and institutional design. She published in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Democracy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Law and Society Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Constitutional Political Economy, Journal of Modern African Studies, and other peer-reviewed journals. Her books include: Designing Federalism, co-authored with Mikhail Filippov and Peter Ordeshook (2004, Cambridge University Press) as well as Parties and Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide: Moving Outside the Electoral Arena and Formal Modeling in Social Science, both co-authored with Carol Mershon.

Professor Shvetsova teaches courses on Constitutional political economy, Comparative politics of health. Comparative government, Political parties, Democratic nstitutional design, Comparative constitutions, and Formal theory.

Last Updated: 3/6/21