The new federalism and the paradoxes of regional sovereignty in Russia

Donna Bahry

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During the 1990s Russia appeared to be a classic example of the perils of federalism in political transition. Powerful ethnically based republics challenged the center on key reforms, and a weak federal government appeared unable to counter their claims to sovereignty. Since the election of 2000, however, regional prerogatives have been substantially curtailed. An assertive center has dramatically reined in much more pliant republics. How could the center roll back the regions' privileges so quickly? In fact, republic sovereignty was seriously limited. Federal authorities retained key controls over local resources, and federal inability to create effective market institutions constrained regional opportunities to develop countervailing external ties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-146+251
JournalComparative Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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