Paul Goode

Paul Goode
Carleton University · Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

D.Phil, Politics, University of Oxford, 2005

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Introduction
J. Paul Goode is McMillan Chair of Russian Studies at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University (from Jan. 2021). His research examines everyday nationalism and legitimation in authoritarian and hybrid regimes, focusing on Russia and post-Soviet states. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Associate Editor for Nationalities Papers, and serves on the international advisory boards for ASN and Nations & Nationalism.
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
Carleton University
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  • Chair
September 2015 - September 2020
University of Bath
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  • Lecturer
August 2012 - August 2015
University of Oklahoma
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (37)
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This article examines the takeover of the Perm-36 Gulag museum as emblematic of the dynamics of patriotic legitimation in Russia. The museum was dedicated to preserving the memory of the victims of Soviet political repression and it grew in popularity into the 2000s, emerging as an opposition platform and target for self-styled patriots who accused...
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Russia’s 2020 Constitutional reform was notable not just for the substantial institutional changes introduced, but also for the almost complete lack of public discussion of those changes in elite debates or the public campaign for the nationwide vote. Instead, proposals to write social and patriotic issues into the Constitution absorbed the lion’s...
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While new regimes often seek legitimation by forging banal ties between state and nation (or 'banalization'), there have been few attempts to explain how nationalism becomes banal, to account for variations in the process across different types of regimes, or to establish clear criteria for identifying successes or failures in banalization. This ar...
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is spreading through all walks of life, promising social and economic disruptions that prompt comparisons with the Industrial Revolution. While there is growing interest in AI ethics and its implications for humanity , there has been surprisingly little consideration of its implications for national identities and natio...
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Introductory essay for special issue, "Everyday Nationalism in World Politics."
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The sudden onset of COVID-19 has challenged many social scientists to proceed without a robust theoretical and empirical foundation upon which to build. Addressing this challenge, particularly as it pertains to Eurasia, our multinational group of scholars draws on past and ongoing research to suggest a roadmap for a new pandemic politics research s...
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There are few things in the world that are as fascinating as people’s experience of the everyday, in part because so much about everyday existence would be considered surprising or even scandalous if it were not so common. Michael Billig’s (1995) landmark study of “banal nationalism” transformed the study of nationalism by exposing a myriad of ways...
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is spreading through all walks of life, promising social and economic disruptions that prompt comparisons with the Industrial Revolution. While there is growing interest in AI ethics and its implications for humanity, there has been surprisingly little consideration of its implications for national identities and nation...
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Pandemics and other crisis situations create 'unsettled times', or ontologically insecure moments when social and political institutions are in flux. During such crises, the ordinary and unnoticed routines that structure everyday life are thrust into the spotlight as people struggle to maintain or recreate a sense of normalcy. Drawing on a range of...
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This article argues that the sources of official and societal ambivalence towards civic nationhood in today’s Russia are found in the institutional instability and personalist dynamics of hybrid regime politics in the 1990s. Successful civic nation-building should institutionalize inclusive criteria for citizenship as a basis for policy-making, whi...
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When does patriotism turn into nationalism? The rapid social mobilisation in support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 caught many observers off-guard and spurred a lively debate about the influence of nationalism in domestic and foreign policy. Surprisingly, observers paid little attention to the Kremlin’s promotion of patriotism, focusing...
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Situated at the intersection of banal nationalism and everyday nationhood, this study reveals important differences between public and private expressions of patriotism in today’s Russia. While the government seeks to activate patriotism through public ceremonies, performances, and policies, they often fall short because they are obvious rather tha...
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In recent years, the Russian government has promoted patriotism as a means to unify society and secure the legitimacy of Putin's regime. This paper considers the effectiveness of this campaign by examining everyday understandings of patriotism among Russian citizens. Drawing on in-depth interviews and focus groups conducted in two regions in 2014-2...
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Object. This article examines the ways social science research approaches the study of authoritarian regimes and identifies ways to engage with regimes that are both deliberately opaque and oppressive. Method: The paper examines existing methodological prescriptions and practices as they pertain to the study of authoritarian regimes. These cover is...
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Objectives: The article examines the relationship between democratic reversals and scientific closure. It focuses on the effects that authoritarian and hybrid regimes are likely to have on the ways scholars study them and conduct their fieldwork. Method: Thematic content analysis of articles on Eurasian politics published over a ten year period, w...
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Objective We argue that the “everyday nationalism” approach is both useful and necessary for improving existing constructivist approaches in the comparative study of nationalism and ethnic politics.MethodsA meta-analysis of existing studies reveals pervasive conceptual and methodological problems of contemporary constructivist approaches. We consid...
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This paper examines The Wire’s use of education and elections in Season Four to de-mystify American civic national identity. The paper begins by making the case for Baltimore as an "imagined community" which is emblematic of daily life in the United States. It then considers the ways that the series challenges constitutive national myths in its tre...
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How do electoral authoritarian regimes claim popular support? Since Vladimir Putin came to power, Russia watchers have ascribed the regime’s staying power to a combination of cronyism and coercion. Following mass protests of the State Duma elections in December 2011, however, the Kremlin granted a major concession in restoring gubernatorial electio...
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In the post-Soviet region, nationalist practices are necessary sources of power for semiauthoritarian regimes, since material sources of power are seldom sufficient to secure compliance and support during the "quiet" periods between noisy election cycles. Yet they also expose these regimes to a variety of unexpected risks.
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This book reassesses Putin's attempt to reverse the decentralization of power that characterised centre-regional relations in the 1990s, focusing on regional responses to Putin's federal reforms. It explains the decline of regionalism after 2000 in terms of the dynamics of regional boundaries, understood as the juridical boundaries which demarcate...
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This paper examines the impact of democratic reversals among post-Soviet countries on the conduct of fieldwork, choice of methods, and the production of knowledge. The paper builds upon observations gathered from a pilot project concerning the impact of growing authoritarianism in Russia on the conduct of fieldwork and choice of research methods by...
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All qualitative research faces fundamental hurdles in overcoming issues of access and ensuring the credibility of one's observations. These issues are particularly acute when conducting research in hybrid regimes when the area of investigation is explicitly political and local authorities are sensitive to scrutiny. In the study of Russian politics,...
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The centralization of power and the decline of regionalism were two of Vladimir Putin's principal achievements during his presidency. These achievements are now threatened by the global financial crisis, which weakens the Russian central state and widens existing divisions between the centre and the regions. While the crisis does not portend a revi...
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The demise of Russia’s gubernatorial elections bore all the makings of a great murder mystery, with many possible explanations and much disputed evidence. The Kremlin argued that the institution of gubernatorial elections was so corrupt and disorderly that it was terminally ill. From this perspective, the elimination of gubernatorial elections was...
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This article confronts the puzzles at the heart of Vladimir Putin's decision to eliminate Russia's gubernatorial elections: specifically, the lack of resistance among the regions to Putin's proposal, and the relative ease and speed with which electoral institutions were dismantled. It considers explanations at the central and regional levels, revea...
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A political scientist investigates the trajectory of Russian center-regional relations from the early 1990s to the present. A wide range of sources including interviews and the national and the regional press are used to delineate and compare processes of regional enlargement in Perm and Tyumen oblasts. This comparison is employed to examine the di...
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This paper examines changes in the varieties of qualitative fieldwork undertaken in Russia by Western political scientists over the last decade. All qualitative research faces a fundamental hurdle in overcoming issues of access and ensuring the credibility of one’s observations. These issues are particularly acute when the area of investigation is...

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