Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia / Edition 1

Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia / Edition 1

by Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
     
 

ISBN-10: 052182463X

ISBN-13: 9780521824637

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern? Why do they so often fail to provide their beleaguered populations with better access to public goods and services? Using original and unusual data, this book uses post-communist Russia as a case in examining what the author calls this broader 'weak state syndrome' in many developing

Overview

Why do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern? Why do they so often fail to provide their beleaguered populations with better access to public goods and services? Using original and unusual data, this book uses post-communist Russia as a case in examining what the author calls this broader 'weak state syndrome' in many developing countries. Through interviews with over 800 Russian bureaucrats in 72 of Russia's 89 provinces, and a highly original database on patterns of regional government non-compliance to federal law and policy, the book demonstrates that resistance to Russian central authority not so much ethnically based (as others have argued) as much as generated by the will of powerful and wealthy regional political and economic actors seeking to protect assets they had acquired through Russia's troubled transition out of communism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521824637
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1. W(h)ither the Russian State?; 2. Apparatchiki into 'Entrepreneurchiki': the sources of Russia's weak central state; 3. Governing Russia: patterns of regional resistance; 4. Inside the Russian State: assessing infrastructural power in the provinces; 5. Retrenchment over reform: obstacles to the central state in the periphery; 6. Weak party system, weak central state; 7. The comparative implications of Russia's weak state syndrome.

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