- Junior Research Fellow:Laboratory for Comparative Social Research
- Elena Sirotkina has been at HSE since 2012.
Master's in Political Science
Higher School of Economics
Degree in Political Science
Moscow State Linguistic University
Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience
Bayesian Statistics for Political and Social Research (2017, 1st Annual IPSA-HSE Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science, Statistics)
Latent Curve Models: a Structural Equation Perspective (2016, Higher School of Economics, Statistics)
Introduction to SEM and SEM Software (2016, Higher School of Economics, Statistics)
Data Analysis in STATA, R, Mplus (2015, Higher School of Economics, Statistics)
Data Analysis in SPSS (2011, Higher School of Economics, Statistics)
- 2017Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association "Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe" (Montreal). Presentation: How to Get Away with Murder in Russia: Survey Experiment on Political Support under Economic Crisis
- 6th Annual ICSID Conference 2017 and EACES-HSE Workshop “Political Economy of Development: Exiting the Middle Income Trap” (Москва). Presentation: How to Get Away with Murder in Russia: Survey Experiment on Political Support under Economic Crisis
- 201610th Annual conference VDNKh (Выставка достижений научного хозяйства) (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: When the authorities are blamed for the economic crises: studies of responsibility attribution in comparative perspective
- Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies: "The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later" (Тарту). Presentation: How Multilevel Elite Loyalty Strengthens Electoral Authoritarianism: Evidence from Gubernatorial Elections in Russia
- 48th Annual ASEEES Convention (Вашингтон). Presentation: How Multilevel Elite Loyalty Strengthens Electoral Authoritarianism: Evidence from Gubernatorial Elections in Russia
- 201425th ECPR PhD Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy. Party Politics in New Democracies (Lüneburg). Presentation: Social grounds for the Russian party system institutionalization: Evidence from the Russian parliamentary elections (2003-2011)
- Article Dollbaum J. M., Semenov A., Sirotkina E. A top-down movement with grass-roots effects? Alexei Navalny’s electoral campaign // Social Movement Studies. 2018. Vol. 17. No. 5. P. 618-625. doi
- Preprint Sirotkina E., Zavadskaya M. How to Get Away with Murder in Russia: Political Support in the Times of Crisis. Evidence from the survey experiment / National research university Higher School of economics. Series WP BRP "Basic research program". 2017. No. WP BRP 47/PS/2017.
- Preprint Sirotkina E., Karandashova S. How Multilevel Elite Loyalty Strengthens Electoral Authoritarianism: Evidence from Gubernatorial Elections in Russia / National research university Higher School of economics. Series WP BRP "Basic research program". 2016. No. 36.
- Preprint Sirotkina E. Managed Competition And Voting Stability: Evidence From Russian Legislative Elections (2003-2011) / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series PS "Political Science". 2014. No. WP BRP 15/PS/2014.
2016-2018, Politics in Hard Times: Maintaining Political Legitimacy in Russia. Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH). More info: http://comparativestudies.ru/projects/research.html.
2012-2014, Structural Analysis of Regional Political Regimes and Electoral Space. Higher School of Economics. More info: https://www.hse.ru/org/projects/118568119.
2016 – present. How to Get Away with Murder in Russia: Political Support in the Times of Crisis, with M. Zavadskaya.
According to the conventional wisdom, economic crises erode domestic political support for the existing regime. However, in comparison with democracies, autocracies enjoy more leeway in their responses to such crises and economic downturns, due to their ability to strengthen their clientelist ties and increase the level of repression, thus showing 'the tragic brilliance' of the regime. Since 2013, the Russian economy has been suffering from a deep and protracted recession, which was further aggravated by the annexation of Crimea and the subsequent imposition of international sanctions. The latter effectively slashed the purchasing capacity and disposable income of the Russian citizens by half. At the same
time, however, the annexation of Crimea provided the regime with a significant boost in popularity - up to 80% - thereby illustrating the rally ’round the flag effect in Russia that consolidated the citizens and reinvigorated the sense of national pride. Taking into consideration these two contradictory tendencies economic downturn and patriotic consolidation - is there evidence of Russian citizens willing to punish the incumbent authorities for the economic crisis?