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Mikhail Filippov


Political Science


Professor Filippov studies comparative federalism, intergovernmental relations, and European politics. His research focuses on contractual aspects of federal arrangements, selection and implementation of jurisdictional delineation in democratic federations, and the role of political agency in federal survival. His particular interest is the evolution of the institutions of the European Union and the EU's potential for developing into a federal polity. A new area of research in which he is currently involved is the institutional effects on specific areas of policy implementation that affect the quality of democracy, such as the protection of individual rights and freedoms and fighting political corruption. He also has expertise and interest in the politics of East-Central Europe and post-Soviet countries and the theory of democratic transitions. His work has appeared in Public Choice , Communist and Post-communist Studies, Constitutional Political Economy, and other journals. His book Designing Federalism: A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions, co-authored with Peter Ordeshook and Olga Shvetsova, was published by Cambridge University Press and received an Honorable Mention for the William H. Riker Prize of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005. Professor Filippov teaches courses in the politics of the European Union, comparative federalism, democratic transitions, methods of quantitative analysis , and Marxist political theory . Professor Filippov holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside, an M.S. in Economics and Political Science from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from the California Institute of Technology. He has previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis.


  • BA, Moscow State University
  • MA, University of California at Riverside
  • PhD, California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Comparative federalism
  • intergovernmental relations
  • European politics

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