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Joan DeBardeleben


Degrees:BA, MA, PhD (Wisconsin)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2886
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Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, where she also holds Jean Monnet Chair in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood Relations. She is also Director of the Centre for European Studies (Carleton’s European Union Centre of Excellence, see, and Director of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, a major Canada-Europe research network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 and taught at Colorado State University and at McGill University prior to coming to Carleton University in 1991. She is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with Russian politics, including attention to public opinion, labour relations and privatization, environmental politics, federalism, and elections. Her recent research work also deals with EU-Russian relations and the EU’s policy toward its eastern neighbours, as well as with political participation in the European Union. Recently DeBardeleben has been working on a research project entitled, “Interests, and Governance Structures in EU-Russian Relations: Constructing issues and framing interests,” funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. DeBardeleben is President of the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C), a former President of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and an active member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies . She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (Mannheim, Germany) and in at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.

Selected Significant Publications

Economic Crisis in Europe: What it Means for the European Union and Russia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, co-editor with Crina Viju), including the chapter “The Economic Crisis, the Power Vertical and Prospects for Liberalization in Russia” (with Mikhail Zherebtsov).

“The 2011-2012 Russian Elections: The Next Chapter in Russia’s Post Communist Transition?,” in J. L. Black and Michael Johns, eds, From Putin to Medvedev to Putin – Continuity, Change or Revolution? (Routledge, 2013).

“Applying constructivism to understanding EU–Russian relations,” International Politics, 49 (2012) , 418–433

The Transition to Managerial Patronage in Russia’s Regions” (with Mikhail Zherebtsov), in The Politics of Sub-National Authoritarianism in Russia, Vladimir Gel’man and Cameron Ross, eds. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 85-105.

“Democratic Dilemmas in EU Multilevel Governance: Untangling the Gordian Knot” (with Achim Hurrelmann), European Political Science Review, vol. 1, no. 2 (2009), 229-247.

“The Impact of EU Enlargement on the EU-Russian Relationship,” in A Resurgent Russian and the West: The European Union, NATO, and Beyond, in Roger E. Kanet, ed. (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Republic of Letters Publishing, 2009, in press), pp. 93-112.

Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Citizen Participation in Europe and Canada (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, co-editor, with Jon H. Pammett) including the chapter “New Members, Old Issues: The Problem of Voter Turnout in European Parliament, pp. 106-127.

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