Associate Professor Stephen Fortescue

School of Social Sciences


+61 2 9385 2385
Fields: Comparative Government and Politics, Public Administration
Tags: Political Systems

Stephen Fortescue is the Deputy President of the University’s Academic Board and Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He is a political scientist in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, whose research is focused on the contemporary Russian policy-making process and the Russian mining and metals industry.

Stephen’s most recent monograph is Russia’s Oil Barons and Metal Magnates (2006, Palgrave) which offers an analysis of the role of the so-called oligarchs in the post-Soviet Russian political economy. His next book is to be on the relationship between personalist and institutionalized politics in Russian policy-making, with taxation as the main case study. He publishes regularly on a wide range of issues related to Russian mining and metals. He currently supervises research students working on the Russian gas industry, environmental policy in Russia, and on various business and politics topics not related to Russia.

Research Areas

Russian politics, business and politics, resource politics

Current Research Projects

Personalist vs institutionalized politics in contemporary Russian policy making
Two views of Russia exist: a patrimonial state dominated by personal relationships and characterised by highly informal behaviour, and a highly bureaucratised state swamped by rigid rules and procedures. The project seeks to determine in what circumstances one view dominates over the other, through a study of the processes, procedures and personnel of contemporary policy making.

Federal Russian politics: modernizing northern economies
With Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway; funded by Norwegian Research Council, 2011-2013. My contribution is on the contribution of the mining and metals industry to the modernisation of northern Russia.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Soviet and Russian topics, particularly related to the domestic political process, on business-government relations, and resource politics

Recent Postgraduate Research Completions

  • Nan Li, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2007, Media politics: How is the media agenda of Chinese television set by the state, market, and civil society?
  • Ion Urs, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2007, The empowerment of aggressive state ideology in two periods of Russian history

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Ludmilla Khodai, PhD Politics & International Relations, Pipeline policies of Russia's Gazprom
  • Sharon Springell, PhD Politics & International Relations, In search of the national interest: FDI policy under the Howard Government
  • Yolande Naomi Kyngdon, PhD International Studies & Global Transformation, The ethical trade of diamonds


Teaching areas
Soviet and Russian topics, Business and politics, Resource politics



    • Fortescue SC, (ed.), 2010, Russian politics from Lenin to Putin, Original, Palgrave, Basingstoke
    • Fortescue SC, 2006, Russia`s Oil Barons and Metal Magnates, Oligarchs and the state in transition, 1st, Palgrave, Basingstoke and NY
    • Fortescue SC, 1997, Policy-Making for Russian Industry, Original, Macmillan Press Ltd, UK, Macmillan Press Ltd, UK

    Book Chapters

    • Fortescue S, 2018, 'The political economy of Russia: is it changing?', in Becker T; Oxenstierna S (ed.), The Russian Economy Under Putin, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 202 - 218
    • Fortescue SC, 2016, 'Russia's security-related decision-making: the case of Crimea', in Fish MS; Gill G; Petrovic M (ed.), A Quarter Century of Postcommunism Assessed, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 295 - 318
    • Fortescue SC, 2014, 'The BRICS and Russia', in Lo VI; Hiscock M (ed.), The Rise of the BRICS in the Global Political Economy: changing paradigms, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham,, pp. 228 - 240,
    • 2013, 'Conclusion', in Challenges of African Transformation: Exploring Through Innovation Approach, pp. 205 - 208
    • Fortescue SC, 2013, 'Private Enterprise in the Russian Oil Sector', in Oxenstierna S; Tynkkynen V-P (ed.), Russian Energy and Security Up To 2030, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 169 - 191,
    • Fortescue SC, 2013, 'The Soviet Union's 'Bauxite problem'', in Gendron R; Ingulstad M; Storli E; Gendron RS; Ingulstad M; Storli E (ed.), Aluminum Ore. The political economy of the global bauxite industry, UBC Press, Vancouver, pp. 138 - 157,
    • Fortescue SC, 2013, 'The economics of mineral resources', in Alexeev M; Weber S (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 404 - 425
    • Fortescue SC, 2012, 'The policymaking process in Putin's prime ministership', in Jonson L; White S (ed.), Waiting for Reform under Putin and Medvedev, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke UK, pp. 119 - 139,
    • Fortescue SC, 2012, 'The Russian economy and business-government relations', in Gill G; Young J (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society, edn. Original, Routledge, 2012, pp. 274 - 287
    • Fortescue SC, 2010, 'Russia's SWFs: controlled by a domestic agenda', in Yi-Chong X; Bahgat G (ed.), The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds, edn. Original, Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 113 - 131
    • Fortescue SC, 2010, 'Institutionalization and personalism in the policy-making process of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia', in Fortescue S (ed.), Russian politics from Lenin to Putin, edn. Original, Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 21 - 50,
    • Fortescue SC, 2010, 'T.H. Rigby on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics', in Fortescue S (ed.), Russian politics from Lenin to Putin, edn. Original, Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 1 - 20,
    • Fortescue SC, 2008, 'Reflections', in Rautio V; Tykkylainen M (ed.), Russia`s Northern Regions on the Edge, edn. Original, Kikimora, Helsinki, pp. 224 - 230
    • Fortescue SC, 2001, 'Russian Industrial Privatisation: Strategy and Outcome', in Vladimir Tikhomirov (ed.), Russia After Yeltsin, edn. 1st, Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 103 - 119
    • Fortescue SC, 2000, 'The Academy versus the rest', in Academia in upheaval, edn. Original, Bergin and Garvey, United States of America, pp. 225 - 254
    • Fortescue SC, 1999, 'The Russian mining and metals industry: integration or disintegration', in Anatomy of the 1998 Russian crisis, edn. Original, Contemporary European Research Centre, Melbourne, pp. 204 - 237

    Journal articles

    • Fortescue SC, 2017, 'The role of the executive in Russian budget formation', Post-Communist Economies, vol. 29, pp. 523 - 537,
    • Fortescue S, 2016, 'Russia's “turn to the east”: a study in policy making', Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 32, pp. 423 - 454,
    • Fortescue SC, 2015, 'russia's economic prospects in the asia pacific region', The Journal of Eurasian Studies,
    • Fortescue S;Hanson P, 2015, 'What drives Russian outward foreign direct investment? Some observations on the steel industry', Post-Communist Economies, vol. 27, pp. 283 - 305,
    • Fortescue SC, 2012, '(Ohn-)Macht? Russlands Rohstoffmagnaten', Osteuropa, vol. 62, pp. 145 - 162
    • Fortescue SC;Rautio V, 2011, 'Noril'sk Nickel: A Global Company?', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 52, pp. 835 - 856
    • Fortescue SC, 2011, 'Erze und Oligarchen. Die Bergbauindustrie in Russlands Nordwesten', Osteuropa, vol. 61, pp. 142-162
    • Fortescue SC, 2011, 'Die russische Stahlindustrie und die Ukraine', Ukraine-Analysen, vol. 86, pp. 2 - 5
    • Fortescue SC, 2009, 'Putin in Pikalevo: PR or watershed?', Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, vol. 23, pp. 19 - 38
    • Fortescue SC, 2009, 'The Russian oligarchs and the economic crisis', Russian Analytical Digest, pp. 2 - 5
    • Fortescue SC, 2009, 'The Russian law on subsurface resources: A policy marathon', Post - Soviet Affairs, vol. 25, pp. 160 - 184
    • Fortescue SC, 2009, 'The Russian steel industry, 1990-2009', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 50, pp. 252 - 274
    • Fortescue SC, 2009, 'Die russischen Oligarchen in der Wirtschaftskrise', Russland-analysen, vol. 182, pp. 15 - 18
    • Fortescue SC, 2008, 'Location decisions in the Russian Aluminium Industry', Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, vol. 22, pp. 23 - 44
    • Fortescue SC, 2008, 'Politics in the Russian regions', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, pp. 159 - 159
    • Fortescue SC, 2007, 'Russia's oil barons and metal magnates', Vakblad Aluminium, pp. 28 - 30
    • Fortescue SC;Rautio V, 2007, 'From labour camp to global market leader - A company portrait of non-ferrous metal works Norilsk Nickel', Osteuropa, vol. 57, pp. 395 - 409
    • Fortescue SC, 2006, 'Business-state negotiations and the reform of tax procedures in post-Yukos Russia', Explorations on Law and Disability in Australia, vol. 24, pp. 36 - 59
    • Fortescue SC, 2006, 'The Lysenko effect: The politics of science', Slavic Review, vol. 65, pp. 191 - 193
    • Fortescue SC, 2006, 'The Russian aluminum industry in transition', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 47, pp. 76 - 94
    • Fortescue SC;Rautio V, 2005, 'Oligarkki - karkki vai kepponen? (Oligarchs - trick or treat?)', Idantutkimus, pp. 51 - 60
    • Fortescue SC, 2004, 'The economics of Russian transition', Europe - Asia Studies, vol. 56, pp. 470 - 471
    • Fortescue SC, 2002, 'Does an oligarchy rule Russia?', Polis, vol. 5(70), pp. 64 - 73
    • Fortescue SC, 2001, 'Tax Burden and tax behavior of branches of the Russian economy - Part 1', Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, pp. 4 - 19
    • Fortescue SC, 2000, 'Ownership and corporate strategy in the Russian mining and metals sector', The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, pp. 163 - 180
    • Fortescue SC, 1998, 'Privatisation, corporate governance and enterprise performance in Russia`', Russian and Euro-Asian bulletin, pp. 1 - 10
    • Fortescue SC, 1995, 'Civil service in the new Russia', Australian Journal of Politics and History, pp. 103 - 117

    Conference Papers

    • Fortescue SC, 2011, 'RUSSIA’S POLICY PROCESS AND THE PROSPECTS OF TANDEMOCRACY', in Two Decades without the Soviet Union. Transformations in Eurasian space, Australian National University, ANU Canberra, presented at Two Decades without the Soviet Union: Transformations in Eurasian Space. Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of AACaPS., ANU Canberra, 03 - 04 February 2011,

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