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Research

Book
Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2017. The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2018 Co-Winner of the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia and/or Eastern Europe from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Olivér Kovács, "Review of Sarah Wilson Sokhey: The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries," European Mirror (Európai Tukör, Special Edition 1, 2018, page 115-118.
  • Daria Prisiazhniuk, "The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries," Europe-Asia Studies, 71:5, 2019.

Journal Articles & Book Chapter

Joseph B. Schaffer, Sarah Wilson Sokhey, and A.Kadir Yildirim. 2019. "Classy Behavior: The Big Political Role of Small Business Owners,” Comparative European Politics, Vol. 17, Issue 1 (February): 22-48.

Amy Liu, Megan Roosevelt, and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2017. “Trade and the Recognition of Commercial Lingua Francas: Russian Language Laws in Post-Soviet Countries," Economics & Politics, Vol. 29, Issue 1 (March), pp. 48-68.

Dinissa Duvanova and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2016. “State Aid to Firms During Financial Crisis: Evidence from the Emerging European Countries,” Business & Politics, Vol. 18, No. 3 (October), pp.225-262.

Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2015. “Market-Oriented Reforms as a Tool of State-Building: Russian Pension Reform in 2001,” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67 (5): 695-717.


Sarah Wilson Sokhey and A.Kadir Yildirim. 2013. “Economic Liberalization and Political Moderation: The Case of Islamist and Communist Parties,” Party Politics, Vol. 19 (2): 230-255.

Irfan Nooruddin and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2012. "Credible Certification of Child Labor Free Production." In The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue is Not Enough, edited by Peter Gourevitch, David A. Lake, and Janice Gross Stein. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 62-85 (Chapter 3). (This is a peer-reviewed chapter prepared for inclusion in an edited volume.)

Work in Progress

“Higher Education as an Authoritarian Tool for Regime Survival: Evidence from Kazakhstan and Around the World,” with Margaret Hanson. We argue that authoritarian leaders invest in higher education to gain or maintain the support of those in the middle and upper middle class when there is a large public sector that is economically dependent on the state. We combine panel data analysis with an in-depth study of the Kazakh case. Forthcoming at Problems of Post-Communism.

“Credible Party Promises: What Politicians Offer When Governing Institutions Are Perceived Poorly,” with Danilo Gjukovikj. We examine how the perception of governance quality influences the content of party manifestos in relation to social policies including healthcare. Under Review.

“Rewriting the Social Contract? Public Opinion about Pension Reform in Mexico and Russia,” Using original survey data from 2014-2016, I examine knowledge of and opinions about the pensions systems in Mexico (where pension privatization was extensive and remained) compared to Russia (where pension privatization was only moderate and was reverse). I find that more extensive pension privatization in Mexico did boost knowledge of the reform (compared to knowledge of the reform in Russia), but only for those citizens directly affected by the reform. Thus, the degree of reform does matter for changing the social contract, but only for those citizens directly impacted. Under Review.

"The Foundations of Social Policy Support: Experimental Evidence on How Institutional Quality Affects Redistributive Preferences and Social Policy," with Israel Marques II; We use laboratory and survey experiments and case studies to examine how tax institutional quality influences preferences and outcomes for redistribution and social policy.
Being drafted.

“Authoritarian Investments in Higher Education,” with Jeffrey Nonnemacher. We use data from official government news sources to evaluate how and why the authoritarian regimes of Russia, China, and Singapore choose to invest in higher education. Being drafted.                                                                         

“Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Reflections on Summer Coding Project,” with Jeffrey Nonnemacher. Being drafted.