Politics Of Local Government In Russia

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Overview

According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, adopted in 1993, local autonomy is one of the fundamental principles of the constitutional system. The Politics of Local Government in Russia aims to provide a dedicated and comprehensive discussion of the pursuit of local self-government in contemporary Russia where "local" refers to the third tier of government beyond federal and regional governments. Some of the ablest scholars in the field focus on the existing institutional and social climate for municipal and district level government in Russia while placing recent reforms in a comparative and historical perspective.

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The essays in this volume start with the understanding that the project of post-Soviet municipal reform in Russia has failed. There is a sharp contrast between the stated principles of local autonomy and democracy and the realities of impoverished municipalities with ruling 'political machines' in Russia. The individual papers explore two dimensions of this failure. Three essays focus on the possibility of building local politics based on the past experience of the tsarist local government reforms of the late 19th century. Seven essays focus on various aspects of local government in contemporary Russia: the role of the central and regional governments in limiting the development of local autonomy and democratization; local budget crises caused by transfer of responsibilities from higher levels of government and enterprises, without an appropriate tax base; the unique challenges in local government in 'company towns;' the special case of Moscow. A concluding chapter describes Vladimir Putin's proposed reforms of local government and assesses their potential impact, concluding that the degree of independence of local governments will decrease as the national executive leadership consolidates its control over the hierarchy of administration. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
— D. V. Schwartz, University of Toronto
Russian Review
The fundamental question driving The Politics of Local Government in Russia is 'Why have ideas of local autonomy and local democracy…failed to take root successfully in Russian soil?' The editors bring together a number of esteemed scholars to answer this question, each of whom delve into different pieces of the puzzle. . . . A valuable contribution to the study of contemporary Russian politics. Its focus on how local governments evolve in a post-authoritarian context also makes it important to the broader field of comparative democratization.
— Bryon J. Moraski, University of Florida
Seer
The Politics of Local Government in Russia makes a positive contribution to the understanding of this multi-dimensional subject and is necessary reading for scholars of Russian local government.(
— W.T. Westwater, University of Birmingham
Europe-Asia Studies
A timely and useful addition to the market.
— Derek S. Hutcheson
CHOICE - D. V. Schwartz
The essays in this volume start with the understanding that the project of post-Soviet municipal reform in Russia has failed. There is a sharp contrast between the stated principles of local autonomy and democracy and the realities of impoverished municipalities with ruling 'political machines' in Russia. The individual papers explore two dimensions of this failure. Three essays focus on the possibility of building local politics based on the past experience of the tsarist local government reforms of the late 19th century. Seven essays focus on various aspects of local government in contemporary Russia: the role of the central and regional governments in limiting the development of local autonomy and democratization; local budget crises caused by transfer of responsibilities from higher levels of government and enterprises, without an appropriate tax base; the unique challenges in local government in 'company towns;' the special case of Moscow. A concluding chapter describes Vladimir Putin's proposed reforms of local government and assesses their potential impact, concluding that the degree of independence of local governments will decrease as the national executive leadership consolidates its control over the hierarchy of administration. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Bryon J. Moraski
The fundamental question driving The Politics of Local Government in Russia is 'Why have ideas of local autonomy and local democracy…failed to take root successfully in Russian soil?' The editors bring together a number of esteemed scholars to answer this question, each of whom delve into different pieces of the puzzle. . . . A valuable contribution to the study of contemporary Russian politics. Its focus on how local governments evolve in a post-authoritarian context also makes it important to the broader field of comparative democratization.
Seer - W. T. Westwater
The Politics of Local Government in Russia makes a positive contribution to the understanding of this multi-dimensional subject and is necessary reading for scholars of Russian local government.(
Europe-Asia Studies - Derek S. Hutcheson
A timely and useful addition to the market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742524798
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/3/2004
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred B. Evans Jr, is professor of political science at California State University, Fresno. Vladimir Gel'man is associate professor, faculty of political sciences and sociology, European University at St. Petersburg.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Introduction Chapter 2 The Politics of Local Government in Russia: A Framework for Analysis Part 3 Part II: Historical Roots Chapter 4 The Zemstvo Reconsidered Chapter 5 Ministerial Conflict and the Politics of Zemstvo Reform, 1864-1905 Chapter 6 Contemporary Russian Scholars' Changing Views on Local Government in Late Tsarist Russia Part 7 Part III: Local Government and Post-Soviet Politics Chapter 8 Federal Politics Toward Local Government in Russia: The Process of Institution-Building Chapter 9 Institution Building of Local Self-Government in Russia: Between Legal Design and Power Politics Chapter 10 Local Budgets and Intergovernmental Finance in the Russian Federation Part 11 Part IV: Local Government in Russia's Regions Chapter 12 Governors vs. Mayors: The Regional Dimension of Russian Local Government Chapter 13 Regional Politics and Municipal Building: The Reshuffling of Local Chief Administrators in Russia, 1990-1996 Chapter 14 The Moscow Political Regime: The Emergence of a New Urban Political Machine? Chapter 15 Energy Development and Local Government in Western Siberia Part 16 Part V: Conclusion Chapter 17 Toward a New Politics of Local Government in Russia

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