Imagined Economies: The Sources of Russian Regionalism

Imagined Economies: The Sources of Russian Regionalism

by Yoshiko M. Herrera
     
 

This book examines the economic bases of regional sovereignty movements in the Russian Federation from 1990 through 1993. Based on an original data set of Russian regional sovereignty movements, Herrera's analysis employs a variety of methods including both qualitative case studies of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts using systematic content analysis of local newspaper… See more details below

Overview

This book examines the economic bases of regional sovereignty movements in the Russian Federation from 1990 through 1993. Based on an original data set of Russian regional sovereignty movements, Herrera's analysis employs a variety of methods including both qualitative case studies of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts using systematic content analysis of local newspaper articles and quantitative statistical analysis. The central finding of the book is that variation in Russian regional activism is explained not by differences in economic conditions but by differences in the construction or imagination of economic interests; in the language of other contemporary debates, economic advantage and disadvantage are as imagined as nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521534734
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Yoshiko M. Herrera received her B.A. from Dartmouth College (1992), and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Chicago. From 1999–2007 she taught at Harvard University, as an Assistant Professor and then as John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Government. Since 2007 she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include identity and ethnic politics, political economy, bureaucratic reform, qualitative methods, public health, and the states of the Former Soviet Union.

Table of Contents

1Regionalism in the Russian Federation : theories and evidence20
2Imagined economies : constructivist political economy and nationalism58
3Breaking the Soviet Doxa : Perestroika, Rasstroika, and the evolution of regionalism98
4To each his own : the development of heterogeneous regional understandings and interests in Russia143
5Imagined economies in Samara and Sverdlovsk : differences in regional understandings of the economy168
6Regional understandings of the economy and sovereignty : the economic basis of the movement for a Urals Republic194
7Regional understandings, institutional context, and the development of the movement for a Urals Republic223

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