Dr. M. (Max) Bader

  • Assistant professor

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2182
E-Mail: m.bader@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, History and International Studies
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.03c
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​history/​staff/​baderm.html

Areas of interest

Research areas and interests: Russia and Eurasia (post-Soviet area), elections, election observation, electoral legislation, authoritarianism, democracy promotion, political parties, new media

Curriculum vitae

Before coming to Leiden University, I was Assistant Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Amsterdam, a researcher and lecturer at the Political Science department of the University of Munich, and a Research and Teaching fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I have also been a visiting scholar at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv. My PhD thesis was about international assistance to political parties in Georgia and Ukraine. I studied at the University of Amsterdam, Moscow State University, and the Free University Berlin.

Non-academic activities

- Election observation for OSCE/ODIHR (in Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova).
- Policy evaluation. I have conducted a two-month on-site review for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of their Political Processes Program in Ukraine (2012), and I have participated in an on-site review of Dutch human rights policies vis-à-vis the Russian Federation, for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014).
- Program management. I coordinated a large MATRA project, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that addressed the rights of conscripts and contract soldiers in the Russian armed forces (2008-2011).
- Public speaking on current political issues in the post-Soviet area.


Native: Dutch
Full professional proficiency: English, Russian, German
Limited working proficiency: Ukrainian, French
Reading: Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Tajiki, Belarusian

Selection of recent publications

  • (with Carolien van Ham) “What explains regional variation in election fraud? Evidence from Russia” Post-Soviet Affairs (upcoming 2015)
  • (with Hans Schmeets) “Is International Election Observation Credible? Evidence from OSCE Missions” Research and Politics, 2014 1
  • “Democracy Promotion and Authoritarian Diffusion: The Foreign Origins of Post-Soviet Election Laws” Europe-Asia Studies 66(8) 2014 “Do new voting technologies prevent fraud? Evidence from Russia” Journal of Election Technology and Systems 2(1), 2013
  • (with Hans Schmeets) “Does International Election Observation Deter and Detect Fraud? Evidence from Russia” Representation 49(4), 2013
  • “Crowdsourcing election monitoring in the 2011-2012 Russian elections” East European Politics 29:3 (2013)
  • (with Hans Schmeets) “The Problem of Selection Bias in OSCE Election Observation Methodology” Security and Human Rights 24: 1 (2013)
  • “The Legacy of Empire. A Genealogy of Post-Soviet Election Laws” Review of Central and East European Law 37 (2012)
  • USAID's Strengthening Political Processes in Ukraine Program Review and Recommendations for Future USAID Interventions in the Sector. Kyiv: USAID/Ukraine, 2012
  • "OSCE  electoral  assistance  and  the  role  of  election commissions" Security and Human Rights 23: 1 (2012)
  • “Trends and Patterns in Electoral Malpractice in Post-Soviet Eurasia” Journal of Eurasian Studies 3:1 (2012)
  • Determinants of Electoral Malpractice in the Post-Soviet Area: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis. COMPASSS Working Paper 2012-68
  • “Hegemonic Parties in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Towards Party-Based Authoritarianism?”Communist and Post-Communist Studies (September 2011)
  • ”The Challenges of OSCE Electoral Assistance in the Former Soviet Union” Security and Human Rights 22:1 (2011)
  • “Party politics in Georgia and Ukraine and the failure of western political party assistance” Democratization 17 (6) (2010) 

Last Modified: 10-12-2015