Expert at the King’s Russia Institute in London will present his book during the 11th Europe – Ukraine Forum

Dr Marc Berenson, a long-standing guest of the Institute for Eastern Studies conferences, will present his newest publication during the Europe-Ukraine Forum to take place between 13 and 14 March in Rzeszów, Poland. The title “Taxes and Trust: From Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia and Ukraine” is an extensive work on tax system’s evolution in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. The book includes the research which was presented by Berenson during the previous editions of the conference.

Taxes and Trust is the first book on taxes to focus on trust and the first work of social science to concentrate on how tax policy actually gets implemented on the ground in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. It highlights the nuances of the transitional Ukraine case and explains precisely how and why that ‘borderland’ country differs from the more ideal-types of coercive Russia and compliance-oriented Poland. Through nine bespoke taxpayer surveys, an unprecedented bureaucratic survey and more than fifteen years of qualitative research, the book emphasizes the building and accumulation of trust to transition from a coercive tax state to a compliant one.

Prior to joining King’s Russia Institute in September 2013 as Senior Lecturer, Dr. Marc P. Berenson was serving, since 2007, as a research fellow on the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton. His projects on governance, public administration, state capacity and state-society relations in Russia, Ukraine and Poland have been empirically, conceptually and methodologically ground-breaking, with a particular (and particularly important) focus on the ways in which citizens’ interactions with the bureaucracy shapes and is shaped by their perceptions of the state and the meaning of their own citizenship. He has a book manuscript – Taxes and Trust: Transitioning from Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia and Ukraine – currently in preparation, and his articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics and elsewhere. Previously, Dr. Berenson worked as a research analyst for the American Bar Association, the EastWest Institute, The Carter Center and the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He also has undertaken several consultancies, for, among others, the World Bank in Russia and the OECD’s Tax and Development Programme.

After receiving his BA from Harvard University, Dr. Berenson founded and directed from 1996 to 1998 the “Law in Action” program for Freedom House in Kyiv, Ukraine, before receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University in 2006. A recipient of over a dozen academic grants and fellowships, he is fluent in Russian, Polish and English, reads Ukrainian and speaks Italian.

The meeting with Dr Berenson will be hosted by Yaroslav Zhalilo, Chief of Economic Programs at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Ukraine.