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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

Benedum, Michelle, Sarah Brown, Tyler Garrett, and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. Forthcoming. "Learning Together: Experimental Evidence on Promoting Connections in Remote Classes," PS: Political Science & Politics.

Prisyazhnyuk, Daria and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. Forthcoming. "Cracking the Nest Egg: Comparing Pension Politics in Post-Communist Russia and Hungary," Social Policy and Society.

Jeffrey Nonnemacher and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2022. "Learning by Doing: Using an Undergraduate Research Lab to Promote Diversity and Inclusion," PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 55, Issue 2 (April). Check out the STUDIO Undergrad Research Lab discussed in this article.

Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2022. Russia’s Response to Covid-19: Leveraging Pre-Pandemic Data to Theorize about Public Approval,Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 69, Issue 1.

Regina Smyth and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2021.Constitutional Reform and the Value of Social Citizenship," Russian Politics, Vol. 6, pp. 91-111.

Marlene Laruelle, Mikhail Alekseev, Cynthia Buckley, Ralph S. Clem, J. Paul Goode, Ivan Gomza, Henry E. Hale, Erik Herron, Andrey Makarychev, Madeline McCann, Mariya Omelicheva, Gulnaz Sharafutdinvoa, Regina Smyth, Sarah Wilson Sokhey, Mikhail Troitsky, Joshua A. Tucker, Judyth Twigg, and Elizabeth Wishnick. 2021. “Pandemic Politics in Eurasia: Roadmap for a New Research Subfield,” Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 68, Issue 1, published online in October 2020.

Margaret Hanson and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2020. "Higher Education as an Authoritarian Tool for Regime Survival: Evidence from Kazakhstan and around the World," Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 68, Issue 3, pp. 231-246. See the related blog post, "How Higher Education Keeps Dictators in Power," NYU Jordan Center blog, September 20, 2022.

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

"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 revised.

“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. 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.

“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. Being drafted.