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Overview

Russia is a country of great complexity—eighty-nine subject regions, ethnic diversity, economic variance across regions, the power struggle of Moscow versus the regions—and multiple realities—urban versus rural, rich versus poor, and cosmopolitan versus provincial, just to name a few. Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation explores Russia's complexity and the meanings of the country's internal borders, the future of its agricultural spaces, the development of its political parties, and the effect of its federal organization.

The contributors examine stratification, citizenship, federalization, democratization, the politics of culture and identity, and globalization. These essays show how political leaders within Russia and scholars and policymakers from outside must accept the country's complexity and view uncertainty as a positive development rather than a liability. The authors explore how Russian experience can enhance theory political science, sociology, geography, and economics.

Contributors: James Alexander • Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer • Michael Bradshaw • Cynthia Buckley • Andrei Degtyarev • Vladimir Gel'man • Grigory Ioffe • Jodi Koehn • Andrei Makarychev • Yuri Medvedkov • Olga Medvedkov • Beth Mitchneck • Tatiana Nefedova • Nicolai Petro • Nancy Popson • Lawrence Robertson • Blair A. Ruble • Regina Smyth • Steven Solnick • Kathryn Stoner-Weiss • and Natalia Vlasova.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Russian Review - Yoshiko M. Herrera
An important scholarly source for understanding the place of regions in Russia's political, social, and economic development.
Journal of Regional Science - Gail Fondahl
This timely work... offers an excellent introduction to the differences that challenge Russia's spatial integrity.
Slavic Review - David Lane
A good book with plenty of interesting information and analysis that can be recommended for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Russian Review
An important scholarly source for understanding the place of regions in Russia's political, social, and economic development.

— Yoshiko M. Herrera

Slavic Review
A good book with plenty of interesting information and analysis that can be recommended for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

— David Lane

Journal of Regional Science
This timely work... offers an excellent introduction to the differences that challenge Russia's spatial integrity.

— Gail Fondahl

Robert W. Orttung
This book represents a major advance in the field of Russian regional studies that specialists will happily welcome upon publication. It presents a large amount of new material as well as interesting new approaches for understanding political, economic, and social development in Russia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801865701
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Blair A. Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Jodi Koehn is editor, and Nancy Popson is deputy director, of the Kennan Institute.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Figures

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction



1 Russia's Fragmented Space

2 The Ties That Bind: The Importance of Region in the Construction of Social and Political Citizenship

3 Federalization

4 Democratization Challenged: The Role of the Regional Elites

5 Issues of Culture and Identity: "Cultural Entrepreneurship" in Russia's Regions

6 Globalization and Fragmentation: The Impact of the International Relations of Russia's Regions



Contributors

Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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