Dr. Venelin Ganev
Harrison Hall, 316
Oxford, OH 45056
Teaching and Research Interests:
- Comparative Politics
- Political Theory
Preying on the State: The Transformation of Bulgaria After 1989. Cornell University Press, 2007.
“The Rule of Law as an Institutionalized Wager: Constitutions, Courts and Transformative Dynamics in Eastern Europe.” The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Vol.1, No.2 (Fall 2009): 263-283.
"Postcommunist Political Capitalism: A Weberian Interpretation." Comparative Studies in Society and History 51.3 (July 2009): 648-674.
"Ballots, Bribes and State-Building in Bulgaria." The Journal of Democracy 17.1 (January 2006): 75-89.
"Postcommunism as an Episode of State-Building: A Reversed Tillyan Perspective." Communist and Post-Communist Studies 38.4 (December 2005): 425-445.
"The 'Triumph of Neo-Liberalism' Reconsidered: Critical Notes on Ideas-Centered Explanations of Economic Change in Postcommunism." East European Politics and Societies 19.3 (Summer 2005).
"History, Politics and the Constitution: Ethnic Conflict and Constitutional Adjudication in Postcommunist Bulgaria." Slavic Review 63.1 (Spring 2004).
"The Bulgarian Constitutional Court, 1991-1997: A Success Story in Context." Europe-Asia Studies 55.4 (June 2003).
"The Separation of Party and State as a Logistical Problem: A Glance at the Causes of State Weakness in Postcommunism." East European Politics and Societies 35.2 (Spring 2001).
"The Dorian Gray Effect: Winners as State Breakers in Postcommunism." Communist and Postcommunist Studies 34.1 (Winter 2001).
"Emergency Powers Provisions in the New East-European Constitutions." American Journal of Comparative Law 45.3 (Summer 1997).
Professor Ganev is currently working on three projects: a paper on the economic sociology of early postcommunism with reference to Joseph Schupmeter theory of the tax state, and survey of the black market for hard rock in Bulgaria in the 1980s, and a monograph on Max Weber and his notion of "the routinization of charisma."
Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Edward Teller National Fellow, 2003-2004.
Research Grant, United Nations Development Program, 2001-2002.