Stanislav Markus


Stanislav Markus

Ph.D., Harvard, 2009

Major Areas of Interest:

- Political Economy
- Rule of Law
- Post Communist Politics
- Corporate Governance
- Property Rights

Selected Publications:

"Corporate Governance as Political Insurance: Firm-level Institutional Creation in Emerging Markets and Beyond," Socio-Economic Review 1 (2008): 69-98.
"Capitalists of All Russia, Unite! Business Mobilization under Debilitated Dirigisme," Polity 39, No. 3 (2007): 277-304.
"Secure Property as a Bottom-Up Process: Firms, Stakeholders, and Predators in Weak States," World Politics 64, No. 2 (April 2012): 242-277.
“Sovereign Commitment and Property Rights: the Case of Ukraine's Orange Revolution,” Studies in Comparative International Development, forthcoming.


Phone: (773) 702-7301
Office: Pick 526


Stanislav Markus is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His first book is Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The book elaborates a new theory of property rights in modern emerging economies, and has been reviewed in Perspectives on Politics.

Markus is the winner of the 2014 Luebbert Award for Best Article in Comparative Politics (APSA). He received the Academy Scholar award from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in 2008-09 and 2011-12; the Senior Scholar Guest award from the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris in 2014-15; and the Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence in 2015-16. Markus was also a visiting scholar at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, in 2005-06. His research on property rights, state-business relations, corporate governance, and rule of law has appeared or is forthcoming in World Politics, Daedalus, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Polity, and other journals. It was also profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Markus's second book project investigates the politics of extreme wealth from the perspective of individual oligarchs in developing and post-communist economies.


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