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Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian StudiesProfessor, Political ScienceDirector, WCEE/WCED
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Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor in the Political Science Department. She focuses on religion and politics, informal politics, and post-communist state development. Her first book, Redeeming the Communist Past, examined how discredited communist parties reinvented themselves as successful democrats. Her second book, Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies (2007) won the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Ed A. Hewett Prize for best publication on the political economy of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. The book analyzed why some governing parties, constrained by strong political competition, limited their opportunistic behavior in rebuilding the post-communist state. Her current book project asks why and how organized religion influences public policy, and why we see such differences in church influence even among countries that are otherwise very similar in their religious profiles.
Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Professor Grzymala-Busse taught at Yale University’s Department of Political Science.
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