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Linda Jean Cook


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Linda J. Cook received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985. She is currently a professor in the Political Science and Slavic Studies Department at Brown University, and associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Cook has authored "The Soviet Social Contract and Why it Failed" (Harvard, 1993), "Postcommunist Welfare States: Reform Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe," (Cornell, 2007 pap 2013). 

Main research interests are in the comparative politics of the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and electoral-authoritarian regimes. Her research focuses on domestic and international politics of welfare states and their transformation; the relationship between democratization and social welfare; comparative political representation of labor and women; NGOs, and the politics of health and welfare in contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe.

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