Russias Provinces: Authoritarian Transformation vs. Local Autonomy?

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This book focuses on the evolution of federalism and intragovernmental relations in Russia for the period of 1992-95 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Its main question is whether under conditions of democratization and marketization in Russia an authoritarian approach of "transformation from above" is more favorable to one of granting more autonomy to local governments. The author suggests various reform implementation policies based on two pioneering case studies ...
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Overview

This book focuses on the evolution of federalism and intragovernmental relations in Russia for the period of 1992-95 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Its main question is whether under conditions of democratization and marketization in Russia an authoritarian approach of "transformation from above" is more favorable to one of granting more autonomy to local governments. The author suggests various reform implementation policies based on two pioneering case studies of Russian provinces.
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This is an analysis of the transformations occurring in Russia's provinces following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The author brings his perspective as a survivor of the authoritarian system in East Germany to topics such as the spatial context of intended regional transformation, traditional Soviet regional policy, asymmetric federalism, the revitalization of power in the Altai, and the rise of authoritarian power in Russia's gateway to Pacific Asia. The focus is on the tension between economic efficiency and social equality during the process of regional development. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures and Tables in Appendix
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 The Spatial Context of Intended Transformation 1
1.1 Why Do Regions Matter? 2
1.2 The Dimension of Social and Economic Change 7
1.3 Hypothesis and the Structure of the Book 11
1.4 Methods of Research 13
1.5 The Investigated Regions in the National Context 16
2 Traditional Soviet Regional Policy 23
2.1 Branch versus Territorial Planning 23
2.2 Local Government and Local Budgets 33
2.3 Specific Features of Siberian Development 42
3 Russian Regional Roulette: Asymmetric Federalism and Economic Reform 46
3.1 In Search of New Federal Relations 46
3.2 Fiscal Arrangements Between Centre and Provinces 61
3.3 Federal and Regional Investment Policy 69
3.4 Lessons from Other Countries 78
4 The Revitalisation of Nomenklatura Power in the Altai 86
4.1 The Democratic Wave of 1989-90 86
4.2 The Regional Elite and Key Political Players 87
4.3 Institutions 93
4.4 Economic Policy 103
4.5 The Challenge of the National Reform Agenda 110
5 The Rise of Authoritarian Power in Russia's Gateway to Pacific Asia 113
5.1 The Regional Elite and Key Political Players 113
5.2 Institutions 117
5.3 The Open Showdown in Moscow 125
5.4 Forces of Resistance 132
5.5 Are There Any Constraints on Authoritarian Power? 138
6 Gateway Versus Agrarian Region: Institutional Restructuring and Economic Adaptation 141
6.1 Privatisation 142
6.2 Regional Price Policy 149
6.3 Fiscal Arrangements 155
6.4 Capital Investment 162
6.5 Foreign Economic Activity 164
7 Conclusion 170
Appendix 175
Notes 197
Bibliography 221
Glossary 232
Index 236
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