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SIOE Conference 2018

ICSID research fellow Denis Ivanov took part in the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics that was held in a Montreal business school (HEC Montréal, Canada) on June 21-23, 2018.

This year’s conference attracted scholars from different research areas including economics, political science, sociology, management, history, and law. More than 200 papers were presented within 58 parallel sessions.

Denis Ivanov presented his research on the topic of «The Legacy of Stalin in Georgia: Ideology and Hometown Effect».

In his paper Denis considers a case of popularity of the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (born Jughashvili) in Georgia and in particular in its Eastern part where Gori, his hometown, is located, to show that regional affinity even to a late but prominent politician can affect individual ideological positions on a broad range of contemporary issues. Also, the hometown effect is stronger for people who socialized after the independence, when centralized ideology broadcasting ceased, and people got more chances to socialize within the local culture.