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Brian Taylor

Professor, Political Science


Contact Information

531 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3713
Curriculum Vitae
Brian Taylor CV

Director, Center for European Studies


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998


Comparative politics, Russian politics


Politics of Russia

Russian and Post-Soviet Politics 

Comparative Civil-Military Relations   

Politics and the Military 



State Building in Putin's Russia: Policing and Coercion After Communism (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2003). 

Recent Articles

“Police Reform in Russia: The Policy Process in a Hybrid Regime.”  Post-Soviet Affairs, 2013.

“Tilly Tally: War-Making and State-Making in the Contemporary Third World.” International Studies Review,  Vol. 10, No 1 (March 2008), pp. 27-56 (With Roxana Botea).

Putin’s ‘Historic Mission’: State-Building and the Power Ministries in the North Caucasus.”  Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 54, No. 6 (November-December 2007), pp. 3-16.

“Force and Federalism: Controlling Coercion in Federal Hybrid Regimes.” Comparative Politics, Vol, 39, No. 4 (July 2007), pp. 421-440.

“Law Enforcement and Civil Society in Russia.” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 58, No. 2 (March 2006), pp. 193-213.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the role of state coercive organizations, such as the military and the police, in domestic politics. Additional interests include comparative state-building and comparative federalism. My geographic area of specialization is Russia and the post-Soviet region.

Research Projects

I have recently completed a book on Russia's power ministries, especially law enforcement structures, and their role in state building in the post-Soviet period.  Other projects include reform of law enforcement structures in Russia, patrimonialism in the power ministries in post-soviet countries, and the implications for civil-military relations theory of the changing nature of war and states.

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