David Lane is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Emeritus Reader in Sociology and an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College. His previous posts include: Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, Reader in Sociology at the University of Essex. He has recently completed studies on the relationship of class to transformation in Ukraine and Russia and unemployment in Russia, Ukraine and China. He has written extensively on the USSR and state socialism, Marxism and socialism, class, elites and stratification; his more recent writings have focused on transformation of state socialism, globalisation and civil society; the enlargement of the European Union and the formation of the Eurasian Union.
Educated at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford (Nuffield College). He has taught at the Universities of Birmingham, where he was Professor of Sociology, and at Essex University. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Odense, Harvard, Sabanci (Istanbul), Graz, the Kennan Institute (Washington DC). He has visited and lectured at many universities and research institutes in the countries of the former USSR and eastern and central Europe China and Japan . He has published widely on state socialist societies, the USSR, Marxism, elites, class and social stratification; his current research focuses on transformation, globalization, ‘varieties of capitalism’, the enlargement of the European Union and the formation of the Eurasian Union.
Research and Teaching Interests
Sociology of politics; social class, civil society, social mobility, inequality and social stratification; the sociology of socialism; revolution and socialism; Russian and East European politics and society; political leadership and elites; transition in post communist society.
Unemployment under post-socialism, post-socialism.
Political economy of transition from state socialism in general. Special interest in role of classes and elites. Particular interest in contemporary Ukraine and Russia; post socialist states in the world system; alternatives to capitalism.
Current and Recent Research
He has received research grants from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust to research unemployment in Russia and Ukraine with collaborators in Moscow, Kharkov and Kiev. Recent grants from the British Academy have supported a network on strategic elites in the process of European Enlargement. The Centre for East European Based Language Area Studies in support of a network on Eurasia.
Current and recent PhD students are studying: Commonwealth of Independent States, Privatisation in Poland, international Aspects of Transformation of Eastern Europe and Former USSR Russian Television, National and Ethnic Consciousness in the states of the former USSR, civil society in post-socialist states, national identity in central Asian Republics of former USSR.
Recent PhDs have completed on Comparative Communism: the Case of North Korea, Small Business in Ukraine. Russian Television, Enlargement of European Union ; economic transformation of Ukraine and Russia.
Applications are invited in the area of the political economy of transition in Eastern Europe and the former USSR, elites and classes, enlargement of the EU and current debates on Marxism with respect to state socialism. Post-socialist states and the world system; alternatives to capitalism and neo-liberalism. In the first instance, contact David Lane direct via email (DSL10@CAM.AC.UK). Send a brief cv and a one page outline of your proposals.
Recent Lectures and Workshops (See Annual Reports Attached (Open with Adobe reader)
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Annual Report 2008-2009 (PDF opens Adobe Reader)
With Vsevolod Samokhvalov (editor and contributor), Palgrave Macmillan 2015, The Eurasian Project and Europe. 2015.
The Capitalist Transformation of State Socialism. The making and breaking of state socialist society, and what followed. Routledge, 2013.
(Editor and Contributor),Elites and Identities in Post-Soviet Space. Routledge 2012.
With Stephen White, Rethinking the ‘Coloured Revolutions’, (Editor and contributor), Routledge, 2010.
With Andrew Gamble, European Union and World Politics,(editor and contributor), Palgrave 2009.
With Heinz Fassmann and Max Haller (Editors), Migration and Mobility in Europe Edward Elgar 2009.
The Transformation of State Socialism: System Change, Revolution or Something Else? Palgrave, 2007. (Editor and contributor)
Revolution in the Modern World: Social Identities, Globalisation and Modernity, edited by John Foran, David Lane and Andreja Zivkovic. Routledge 2007. (Joint editor and contributor)
Varieties of Capitalism in Post Communist Countries, edited by David Lane and Martin Myant, Palgrave 2007. (Joint editor and contributor)
Russian Banking: Evolution, Problems and Prospects, Edward Elgar, 2002. (Editor and contributor).
The Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002. (Editor and contributor).
The Political Economy of Russian Oil, Rowman and Littlefield (Editor and Contributor). 1999.
The Transition from Communism to Capitalism: Ruling Elites from Gorbachev to Yeltsin (with Cameron Ross), New York: St Martin's and London: Macmillan. 1998. Japanese translation with new introduction. Tokyo: Mado-sha, 2001.
The Rise and Fall of State Socialism: Industrial Society and the Socialist State. Polity Press 1996. 225pp. Russian edition 2006 – Pod”em I upadok gosudarstvennogo sotsializma, Kiev Institut sotsiologii NANU.
Russia in Transition: Politics and Inequalities. (Editor and Contributor). Longman 1995. 236pp.
Russia in Flux. (Editor and Contributor). Edward Elgar 1992.
Soviet Society under Perestroika. Second Edition: Routledge 1991. (441pp); First Edition: Unwin Hyman 1990. 401pp.
Elites and Political Power in the USSR. (Editor and Contributor). Edward Elgar 1988. 299pp.
In addition to below he has had papers published on the Valdai discussion club (Moscow) website (valdaiclub.com/Russia_and_the_world)
‘Eurasian integration as a Response to Neo-liberal Globalisation’ in David Lane and Vsevolod Samokhvalov, Palgrave-Macmillan 2015.
‘1968: The Times of Troubles’ in Ken Plummer (Ed.), Imaginations: Fifty Years of Essex Sociology. Wivenhoe: Wivenbooks. 2014. pp. 54-9.
‘Bezrabotitsi i preobrazovaniya: masshtaby, politika i kontrmery’, [Unemployment and Transformation: Incidence, Policies and Remedies]. Sotsiologiya (Kiev Academy of Sciences), 2014, no 1, pp. 112-131.
‘British Elite De-Coupling from Classes,’ in Heinrich Best and John Higley (Eds), Political Elites in the Transatlantic Crisis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014. pp.101-120.
Kakova al’ternativa? Natsional’ny kapitalizm ili rynochny sotsializm?, Mir Peremen, Moscow, No 1 2013. pp.161-166.
Grazhdanskoe obshchestvo v stranakh ES: ideologiya, instituty I predvizhenie demokratii. Politicheskie Issledovaniya (Polis), Moscow. No 2, 2012. pp. 98-116. (Journal of the Russian Political Science Association).
Sotsiologicheskie posledstviya dvadtsati let preobrazovaniy: kak sblizhayutsya Vostok i Zapad? Sotsiologiya. Kiev Jan-March 2012 No 1, pp.20-42. (Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).
‘The Impact of Economic Crisis: Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in Comparative Perspective’, Journal of Communist and Transition Politics, vol. 27, Nos 3-4. September 2011. pp. 587-604.
‘”Coloured Revolution” as a Political Phenomenon', Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, June 2009. 25:2,113 - 135. Translation of above: ‘“Tsvetnaya” revolyutsiya kak politicheski fenomenon’, Sotsiologiya, Teoriya, Metody, Marketing. (Institute of Sociology, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences), 2010/1, Janvar’-Mart 2010. 16-38.
‘Oranzhevaya revolyutsiya: ‘narodnaya revolyutsiya’ ili revolyutsionny perevorot?, Polis (Moscow) No 2 2010. pp. 31-53. Translation of: ‘The Orange Revolution: ‘People’s Revolution’ or Revolutionary Coup?’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations, November 2008 vol. 10,
‘Rossiyskaya transformatsiya: stanovlenie mirovoy derzhavy? In mir rossii (moscow). Vol xix no 4, 2010. Pp. 3-24.
‘The impact of economic crisis: russia, belarus and ukraine in comparative perspective’, journal of communist and transition politics, vol. 27, nos 3-4. September 2011. Pp. 587-604.
‘Civil Society in the Old and New Member States’, European Societies, July 2010: 1-22.
‘”Coloured Revolution” as a Political Phenomenon', Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, June 2009. 25:2,113 - 135.
Оранжевая революция: “народная революция”
Или революционный переворот? Polis (Moscow) No 2 2010. pp. 31-53.
‘European and Central Asian Trajectories of Change from State Socialism’, in Rudiger Frank and Sabine Burghart, Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia. Vienna: Praesens Verlag 2009. pp. 61-88.
‘Global Capitalism and the Transformation of State Socialism’ Studies in Comparative International Development, 44, June 2009 pp.:97–117.
Russian Version, Mirovoy kapitalizm I transformatsiya gosudarstvennogo sotsialisma, Mir Rossii, 2009, No 1, pp.47-73
‘The Orange Revolution: ‘People’s Revolution’ or Revolutionary Coup?’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations, November 2008 VOL 10, 525–549
‘Russia’s Asymmetric Capitalism in Comparative Perspective’, in Stephen White (Ed.), Media, Culture and Society in Putin’s Russia, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008. pp.181-204.
‘Perestroika or katastroika?’ (Review article), The Political Quarterly, Vol. 79, no 1, Jan-March 2008. pp.126-129
‘From Chaotic to State-led Capitalism’, in New Political Economy, Vol. 13, No 2, June 2008. 177-184.
‘Post Communist States and the European Union’, in Communist Studies and Transition Politics. Vol. 23, No 4, December 2007. 461-477.
‘In or Out of Europe? What Prospects for Ukraine?’ in Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 8. No 4. December 2007. 495-504.
‘Transformatsiya Rossiya i Ukrainy: sotsial’nye osnovy reform i antireform’,(translated into Russian) Mir Rossii, 2007, no 2. pp. 3- 24.
‘Outcomes of Transformation’ and ‘The Transformation of Russia and Ukraine: The Social Bases of Reform and Anti-Reform’, in David Lane (Ed), The Transformation of State Socialism: System Change, Revolution or Something Else? Palgrave, 2007. 1-32 and 57-76.
‘”Transformation’ of State Socialism or Class Revolution?’ in Revolution in the Modern World: Social Identities, Globalisation and Modernity, edited by John Foran, David Lane and Andreja Zivkovic. Routledge 2007. 45-62.
‘Civil Society and the Transformation of State Socialism’, in N.Genov and R. Kreckel, Soziologische Zeitgeschichte, Berlin: Sigma, 2007. 189-204.
‘Post state socialism: A Diversity of Capitalisms?’ in Varieties of Capitalism in Post Communist Countries, edited by David Lane and Martin Myant, Palgrave 2007. 13-39.
‘Modernisation and the Changing Social Structure of State Socialism’, in Markku Kangaspuro and Jeremy Smith, Modernisation in Russia Since 1900, Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2006. pp. 52-73.
(With Iulia Shevchenko), ‘Social Structure and the Left-Right Divide: The Socio-Economic Background of Voting in the First Russian Parliament’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society. Vol.7, No3, September 2006: 237-252
'From State Socialism to Capitalism: The Role of Class and the World System’, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 39: 2006: 135-152.
‘Explaining the Transformation from State Socialism: Revolution, Class and Elites’, in Sven Eliaeson, Building Democracy and Civil Society East of the Elbe: Essays in honour of Edmund Mokrzyski. London: Routledge, 2006. pp.125-144.
‘Padenie gosudarstvennogo sotsializma’, Mir Rossii, Vol. XIV, No 3. 2005. pp. 105-141.
‘Russia’s Asymmetric Capitalism in Comparative Perspective’ in Heiko Pleines (Ed.), How to Explain Russia’s Post-Soviet Political and Economic System. Forschungsstelle Osteuropa Bremen. No 69. September 2005: 46-60.
‘Social Class as a Factor in the Transformation from State Socialism’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. Dec 2005.Vol. 21, No 4: 417-434.
‘Emerging varieties of capitalism in former state socialist societies’, Competition and Change. Vol. 9, No 3. September 2005: 221-241.
‘Global’ny kapitalizm i transformatsiya gosudarsvennogo sotsialisma’, Sotsiologicheski zhurnal, No 1, 2005: 51-72. (Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology).
‘Revolution, Class and Globalisation in the Transition from State Socialism’, European Societies, vol. 7, No 1 (2005) 131-156.
‘Transformatsiya gosudarstvennogo sotsialism’, in Postcommunist Transfrormations: (translated into Russian) edited by O.D Kutsenko and S.S. Babenko, (Kharkov National University 2004),pp 83-107.
'Global Capitalism and the Transformation of State Socialism', in Shinichiro Tabata and Akihor Iwashita, Slavic Eurasia's Integration into the World Economy and Community, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 2004, pp. 27-60.
'From Shock to Therapy: The Political Economy of Post-Socialist Transformations', Economic Systems. Vol. 27, No 3, Sept 2003.
'Economic Transformation in Russia: A State Capitalist Future?' translated into Japanese in Comparative Economic Studies (Hikakukeizaitaisei kenkyu), Published by the Society of Japanese Researchers on Comparative Economic Studies. No.10, May 2003. 20-35.
'Kakoy kapitalism dlya Rossii', Vestnik Mezhdunarodnogo Slavyanskogo universitieta (g. Khar'kov), Seriya, Sotsiologiya, Vol 5. no 4 (2002), 3-7.
'The Economic Legacy: What Putin had to Deal with and the Way Forward', in Cameron Ross, Russian Politics under Putin, (Manchester University Press, 2004). pp.95-113
'Trajectories of Transformation: Theories, Legacies and Outcomes' in The Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002. (Editor and contributor). pp.3-30.
'The Evolution of Post-Communist Banking', (with Irene Lavrentieva), 'The View from the Ground - Case Studies of Three Major Banks', in Russian Banking: Evolution, Problems and Prospects, Edward Elgar, 2002. (Editor and contributor).
'The Political Economy of Russian Oil', in Peter Rutland (Ed), Business and the State in Contemporary Russia. Westview Press, 2001.
'The Transformation of State Socialism in Russia: What Kind of Capitalism?' Communist and Post-Communist Studies. December 2000. Vol. 33. no 4.
'The Transformation of State Socialism in Russia: from "Chaotic" Economy to State-led Cooperative Capitalism', in Michel Dobry, Democratic and Capitalist Transitions in Eastern Europe. Klewer Publishers, Dortrecht 2000, pp.181-196. ISBN 0-7923-6331-0.
'Russia: The Oil Elite's Evolution, Divisions, Outlooks', in J. Higley and G. Lengyel, Elites After State Socialism: Theories and Analysis. Rowman and Littlefield: 2000. pp. 179-98.
'Sociology, Equality and Socialism' in Aleksandra Janinska-Kania, Melvin L. Kohn, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski (Eds), Power and Social Structure: Essays in Honor of Wlodzimierz Wesolowski. Warsaw: Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 1999. pp.275-291. ISBN 83-235-0128-9.
'Introduction', 'Structure and ownership' with I. Seifmulukov
'The Russian Oil Elite: Background and Outlook'
Appendix: Company Profiles: LUKoil, YuKOS, Surgutneftgaz, Sidanko, in David Lane, The Political Economy of Russian Oil Rowman and Littlefield. 1999.
'Transformation of State Socialism: From Communism to Chaotic Capitalism?', Sociology, Vol. 33, No. 2. May 1999.
'Social Theory, The collapse of State Socialism and After: Convergence or Divergence? in Michael Cox (Ed.), Rethinking the Soviet Collapse. London: Pinter 1998. 150-163. pp.150-164.
'Elite Cohesion and Division: Transition in Gorbachev's Russia' in John Higley, J. Pakulski and W. Wesolowski, Post-Communist Elites and Democracy in Eastern Europe. Macmillan and St Martin's Press, 1998. pp. 67-96.
'Ruling Elite in Transition: Nomenklatura or Political Class?', in G. Lengyel and B. Vedres, Changing Elites and Changing Rules of the Game. Budapest: Budapest University of Economic Sciences, 1998. 15-38. Another version published as: 'The Russian Ruling Elites: Nomenklatura or Political Class?' in Polish Academy of Sciences, Sisyphus: Social Studies, Warsaw: IFiS Publishers. Special issue on Post-socialist Institution Building, Vol. XI 1998. pp.31-60.
'Transition under Eltsin: the Nomenklatura and Political Elite Circulation'. Political Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4. (December 1997). 855-74.
Lectures and Workshops
‘Global Capitalism and the Transformation of Russia’, Harvard University, November 2007
‘The Social Bases of Reform and Anti Reform: A Comparative Study of Ukraine and Russia’, Department of Sociology UCLA (California) 6 December 2007. A similar lecture at Stanford University, 4 December 2007. The same lecture given at Institut fur Politikwissenschaft, Universitat Wien, 8 May 2008.
‘Orange Revolution and the Public’ AAASS, New Orleans, 16 November 2007.
‘Adjustment to, or Rejection of, Transformation? The Case of the “Orange Revolution”’, to Conference on ‘Europe’s Unfinished Political and Economic Transitions?’ European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford 25 January 2008
With support from Ceelbas (Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies), organized international Workshop on Coloured Revolutions, held at King’s College, 30 April 2008. ‘Introduction: Conceptualisting Coloured Revolution’ and gave a similar paper at University of Glasgow conference on ‘Rethinking the ’Coloured Revolutions’ 2/3 May 2008.
Harvard University, November 2006. 'The 2004 Enlargement of the European Union and after: What Prospects for Ukraine?'
International Network on European Enlargement and Strategic Elites, Kiev, October 2006, 'Prospects for Ukraine in (and out of) the European Union'.
Department of Sociology, University of Lviv, Ukraine. 'How to Explain the Fall of State Socialism'. April 2007.
November 2005, annual meeting of The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies on: ‘”Varieties of Capitalism” and the Post-Communist Societies’ .
May 2006, Institute of Sociology, Kiev, National Academy of Sciences ‘Elites, Classes and “the Public” in the Transformation of State Socialism’.
In September 2006, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, The Transformation of Russia and Ukraine: Social Bases of Reform and Anti-Reform.
‘Transformation of Russia and Ukraine: The Social Bases of Reform and Anti-Reform’. Political Studies Association Conference, Birmingham 18 March 06.
‘Civil Society Initiatives in the Former State Socialist Societies’, paper presented to Thematic Workshop of NEWGOV (New Modes of Government EU VI Framework) Consortium Conference 23 June 2006.
‘The Enlargement of the European Union’, Sabanci University (Istanbul), May 2006.
‘Russia’s Asymmetric Capitalism in Comparative Perspective’,Vii World Congress, Berlin, July 2005
‘Post-Communist Capitalism’, VIII international conference of Berliner Institut fur kritische Theorie (InkriT), Berlin, October 2003.
‘Class and Transition’ to IX International Conference of Kharkov V.N. Karazin National University November 2003 which was subsequently published in Transactions of the Conference.
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies held in Toronto in November 2003 on the theme of ‘Social Class as a Component in, and Explanation of, Transition’.
Birmingham University Business School, October 2003, ‘Global Capitalism and The Transformation of State Socialism’ also to at the 12th Research Seminar on Managing Economic Transition in Eastern Europe, 12th Research Seminar, in December 2003, at Bristol University.
Invited discussant at international symposium in memory of Abram Bergson at Harvard University November 2003.
‘Modernisation and the Changing Social Structure of State Socialism’, international conference held at Birmingham University in October 2003. Proceedings to be published by SKS, Helsinki 2005.
‘Varieties of Capitalism’ and the Expansion of the European Union, Sabanci University, Istanbul in May 2004.
Organiser of an international conference (in association with Monnet Centre of Excellence, Cambridge) on ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ and Societies in Transformation.
Introductory keynote lecture on the same topic. Cambridge, March 2004.
‘Post-Communism: Class Revolution or System Change?’ IX international conference of Berliner Institut fur kritische Theorie (KnkriT), Berlin, October 2004.
‘Role of Class in Transformation’, 15th Conference on Managing Economic Transition, Wolverhampton, November 2004.
‘What “Variety of Capitalism” for Russia?’, Davis Research Center, Harvard University, November 2004.
‘Globalisation of Companies before and after Transformation’, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston December 2004.