Professor Graeme Gill

BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FASSA
Chair of Department

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3090

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Biographical details

Graeme Gill joined the Department in 1981 and was appointed to the Chair in 1990. He has been a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 1994, and has held a variety of positions in the University, including Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, Chair of the Academic Forum, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Economics, and Head of the School of Economics and Political Science. He has been an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and a member of the ARC College of Experts. He is also President of the International Council for Central and East European Studies.

He has held visiting positions in Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Washington, Moscow, St Petersburg and Florence, and is currently on a number of editorial boards. His main research interests lie in Russian and Soviet politics, but he has also published books on various aspects of democratisation and on the origins and development of the state.

Research interests

  • Russian politics
  • Soviet politics
  • Comparative authoritarian regimes
  • Democratisation
  • Origins and development of the state

Current projects

He is currently working on an ARC-funded project on political stability in authoritarian regimes.

His most recent book is on the role of symbols in the Soviet political system, while a book in press studies symbols in post-Soviet Russia.

Associations

Member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 1994.

Selected grants

2015

  • Bridling Autocrats: Limiting Executive Power in Authoritarian Polities; Gill G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Strategies for the Stabilisation of Authoritarian Rule: Russia in Comparative Perspective; Gill G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Challenges for democracy: capacity building and democratic institutions; Gill G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2006

  • Rites of Power: Symbolism, Ritual and Politics in the Soviet Union and Russia; Gill G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2002

  • Democracy and the Bourgeoisie: Post-Communism and the Transition to Capitalism; Gill G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2000

  • The Russian Bourgeoisie in Comparative Analysis; Gill G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gill, G. (2013). Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gill, G. (2011). Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gill, G. (2008). Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy: Russia, France, Germany and the USA. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gill, G. (2003). The nature and Development of the Modern State. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2002). Democracy and Post-communism - Political change in the post-communist world. United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.

Edited Books

  • Gill, G., Young, J. (2012). Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Gill, G. (2012). The Medvedev presidency. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 27-32). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gill, G. (2012). The Yeltsin era. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 3-12). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gill, G. (2010). Building the Communist Future: Legitimation and the Soviet City. In Stephen Fortescue (Eds.), Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin, (pp. 76-100). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2009). The Communist Party and the Weakness of Bureaucratic Norms. In Rowney, Don K; Huskey, Eugene (Eds.), Russian Bureaucracy and the State: Officialdom From Alexander III to Vladimir Putin, (pp. 118-134). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Australia and the USSR: From Cold War to Perestroika. In Alexander Massov, John Mc Nair, Thomas Poole (Eds.), Encounters under the Southern Cross- Two Centuries of Russian- Australian Relations 1807-2007, (pp. 232-252). Adelaide SA: Crawford House Publishing.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Conclusion: Democratization and Regional Politics. In Graeme Gill (Eds.), Politics in the Russian Regions, (pp. 204-213). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Introduction: Power and the Russian Regions. In Graeme Gill (Eds.), Politics in the Russian Regions, (pp. 1-15). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Russia: The Two Empires. In Robert Aldrich (Eds.), The Age of Empires, (pp. 176-195). London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
  • Gill, G. (2002). Stalinism and the Fall of the Soviet Union. In Stephen G. Wheatcroft (Eds.), Challenging Traditional Views of Russian History, (pp. 217-234). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2001). Vladimir Putin and the Future of the Russian Presidency. In Vladimir Tikhomirov (Eds.), Russia After Yeltsin, (pp. 16-33). Aldershot: Sage Publications.
  • Gill, G. (2000). The Soviet Mechanism of Power and the Fall of the Soviet Union. In Niels E.Rosenfeldt, Bent Jensen, Erik Kulavig (Eds.), Mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union, (pp. 3-22). New York: Macmillan Press.

Journals

  • Gill, G. (2013). Political Symbolism and the Fall of the USSR. Europe-Asia Studies, 65(2), 244-263. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2012). The Decline of a Dominant Party and the Destabilization of Electoral Authoritarianism. Post-Soviet Affairs, 28(4), 449-471. [More Information]
  • Gill, G., Maguire, D. (2011). Movements and Institutions: Analysing the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Slovansky Prehled, 97(1-2), 75-96.
  • Gill, G. (2010). Destalinisation and the Question of the Reformability of the Soviet Union. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 18(2), 127-143. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2008). 'Lenin Lives': Or Does He? Symbols and the Transition from Socialism. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(2), 173-196. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2007). Stalin: A biography. Journal of Modern History, 79(3), 723-725.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Stalin: The court of the red tsar. Journal of Modern History, 79(3), 723-725.
  • Gill, G. (2006). A New Turn to Authoritarian Rule In Russia? Democratization, 13(1), 58-77.
  • Gill, G. (2006). Nationalism and the Transition to Democracy: The Post-Soviet Experience. Demokratizatsiya, 14(4), 613-626.
  • Gill, G. (2005). Changing Symbols: The Renovation of Moscow Place-Names. Russian Review, 64(3), 480-503.
  • Gill, G. (2002). The Failure of Democracy in Russia. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 3(2), 169-197.
  • Gill, G. (2001). Culture, Democracy and Post-Communism: The Course of Regime Change in Eastern Europe. Acta Politica, 36, 47-70.

Conferences

  • Gill, G. (2004). Russia Stunted Civil Society And The Presidential Regime. Putin's Democracy:Transitional, Managed, or Illiberal?, Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

2013

  • Gill, G. (2013). Political Symbolism and the Fall of the USSR. Europe-Asia Studies, 65(2), 244-263. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2013). Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2012

  • Gill, G., Young, J. (2012). Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gill, G. (2012). The Decline of a Dominant Party and the Destabilization of Electoral Authoritarianism. Post-Soviet Affairs, 28(4), 449-471. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2012). The Medvedev presidency. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 27-32). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gill, G. (2012). The Yeltsin era. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 3-12). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2011

  • Gill, G., Maguire, D. (2011). Movements and Institutions: Analysing the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Slovansky Prehled, 97(1-2), 75-96.
  • Gill, G. (2011). Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2010

  • Gill, G. (2010). Building the Communist Future: Legitimation and the Soviet City. In Stephen Fortescue (Eds.), Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin, (pp. 76-100). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2010). Destalinisation and the Question of the Reformability of the Soviet Union. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 18(2), 127-143. [More Information]

2009

  • Gill, G. (2009). The Communist Party and the Weakness of Bureaucratic Norms. In Rowney, Don K; Huskey, Eugene (Eds.), Russian Bureaucracy and the State: Officialdom From Alexander III to Vladimir Putin, (pp. 118-134). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2008

  • Gill, G. (2008). 'Lenin Lives': Or Does He? Symbols and the Transition from Socialism. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(2), 173-196. [More Information]
  • Gill, G. (2008). Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy: Russia, France, Germany and the USA. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Gill, G. (2007). Australia and the USSR: From Cold War to Perestroika. In Alexander Massov, John Mc Nair, Thomas Poole (Eds.), Encounters under the Southern Cross- Two Centuries of Russian- Australian Relations 1807-2007, (pp. 232-252). Adelaide SA: Crawford House Publishing.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Conclusion: Democratization and Regional Politics. In Graeme Gill (Eds.), Politics in the Russian Regions, (pp. 204-213). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Introduction: Power and the Russian Regions. In Graeme Gill (Eds.), Politics in the Russian Regions, (pp. 1-15). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Russia: The Two Empires. In Robert Aldrich (Eds.), The Age of Empires, (pp. 176-195). London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Stalin: A biography. Journal of Modern History, 79(3), 723-725.
  • Gill, G. (2007). Stalin: The court of the red tsar. Journal of Modern History, 79(3), 723-725.

2006

  • Gill, G. (2006). A New Turn to Authoritarian Rule In Russia? Democratization, 13(1), 58-77.
  • Gill, G. (2006). Nationalism and the Transition to Democracy: The Post-Soviet Experience. Demokratizatsiya, 14(4), 613-626.

2005

  • Gill, G. (2005). Changing Symbols: The Renovation of Moscow Place-Names. Russian Review, 64(3), 480-503.

2004

  • Gill, G. (2004). Russia Stunted Civil Society And The Presidential Regime. Putin's Democracy:Transitional, Managed, or Illiberal?, Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

2003

  • Gill, G. (2003). The nature and Development of the Modern State. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2002

  • Gill, G. (2002). Democracy and Post-communism - Political change in the post-communist world. United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.
  • Gill, G. (2002). Stalinism and the Fall of the Soviet Union. In Stephen G. Wheatcroft (Eds.), Challenging Traditional Views of Russian History, (pp. 217-234). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gill, G. (2002). The Failure of Democracy in Russia. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 3(2), 169-197.

2001

  • Gill, G. (2001). Culture, Democracy and Post-Communism: The Course of Regime Change in Eastern Europe. Acta Politica, 36, 47-70.
  • Gill, G. (2001). Vladimir Putin and the Future of the Russian Presidency. In Vladimir Tikhomirov (Eds.), Russia After Yeltsin, (pp. 16-33). Aldershot: Sage Publications.

2000

  • Gill, G. (2000). The Soviet Mechanism of Power and the Fall of the Soviet Union. In Niels E.Rosenfeldt, Bent Jensen, Erik Kulavig (Eds.), Mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union, (pp. 3-22). New York: Macmillan Press.

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