By Cameron Ross, Adrian Campbell
This ebook examines federalism and local and native politics in Russia. Many commentators have alluded to the original nature of Russia's twin transition and its tough job of concurrently reforming its financial system and polity. yet there's in truth a 3rd transition less than manner in Russia that's of no much less significance, the necessity to reconfigure central-local kinfolk and to create a reliable and achievable type of federalism. Federal states are even more tough to establish than unitary ones, and forging a brand new federal procedure even as privatising the economic system and attempting to extensively overhaul the political process has in actual fact made Russia's transition triply tough. The e-book discusses how Vladimir Putin has re-asserted the facility of the centre in Russia, and tightened the federal government's regulate of the areas. It exhibits how, opposite to his rhetoric approximately constructing Russia as a loose and democratic nation, authoritarianism has been prolonged - via his reorganisation of the Federation Council, his usurpation of powers to brush aside local assemblies and leader executives, and his construction of 7 unelected super-governors. The publication explores quite a lot of concerns regarding those advancements, together with a comparative examine of Russian federalism and native politics, ethnic federalism, the merging of federal devices, nearby governors, electoral and celebration reforms, and neighborhood and native politics. it is usually case stories of neighborhood and local politics in particular areas.
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34 Thomas Remington, ‘Majorities without mandates: the Federation Council since 2000’, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 55, No. 5, 2003, pp. 667–91. 35 Vladimir Gel'man, ‘Why it is so diﬃcult to form a regional coalition’, Russian Regional Report, Vol. 4, No. 16, 29 April 1999. 36 Anna Likhtenshtein, ‘Parties of power: the electoral strategies of Russia’s elites’, in Vladimir Gel'man, Grigorii V. Golosov, Elena Meleshkina (eds), The 1999– 2000 National Elections in Russia: Analyses, Documents and Data, Berlin: Sigma, 2005, pp.
45–67. nstitutsionnoe Pravo: Vostochnoevropeiskoe Obozrenie, No. 3, 2003, pp. 144-51. 61 Tomila Lankina, ‘President Putin’s local government reforms’, in Peter Reddaway and Robert W. Orttung (eds), The Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin’s Reform of Federal-Regional Relations, Vol. 2, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littleﬁeld, 2005, pp. 145-77. 62 Tomila Lankina, ‘New system weakens municipalities’, Russian Regional Report, Vol. 10, No. 17, 18 October 2005. 63 See the critical analysis by Chebankova, 2005.
If we leave to one side the unresolved problems facing federal policy in the ethnic republics of the North Caucasus65 then it is possible to consider the vast majority of regions as fully subordinate to the Centre, politically, economically and administratively. What, then, does this ‘new centralism’ mean for Russian politics? ‘New centralism’: costs and beneﬁts At ﬁrst sight the policy of recentralization may be seen to have resulted in the re-establishment of the managerialists’ dream of the ‘good’ Soviet Union.