By Yoshiko M. Herrera
This ebook examines the commercial bases of local sovereignty events within the Russian Federation from 1990-1993. The research is predicated on an unique info set of Russian neighborhood sovereignty events and the writer employs quite a few equipment together with quantitative statistical research, in addition to qualitative case reviews of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts utilizing systematic content material research of neighborhood newspaper articles. The imperative discovering of the booklet is that edition in Russian local activism is defined no longer by way of changes in fiscal stipulations yet via ameliorations within the building or mind's eye of monetary pursuits; to place it within the language of different modern debates, fiscal virtue and drawback are as imagined as international locations. In arguing that local fiscal pursuits are inter-subjective, contingent, and institutionally particular, the publication addresses a tremendous query in political economic climate, specifically the foundation of monetary pursuits. additionally, by means of enticing the nationalism literature, the booklet expands the constructivist paradigm to the advance of monetary pursuits.
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17 The “parade of sovereignties” refers to the period 14 15 16 17 In Chapter 4, I discuss the issue of growing regional inequality in more detail. On measuring regional democracy, see Kelly McMann and Nikolai Petrov, “A Survey of Democracy in Russia’s Regions,” Post-Soviet Geography and Economics 41:3 (2000), pp. 155–82; Vladimir Gel’man, “Regime Transition, Uncertainty and Prospects for Democratisation: The Politics of Russia’s Regions in a Comparative Perspective,” EuropeAsia Studies 51:6 (1999), pp.
The adoption of the December 1993 Constitution, which was the culminating event of the period, was a critical juncture in federal relations and continues to shape Russian politics today. In this respect, analysis of the events of 1991–3 is crucial to any understanding of the subsequent boundaries of political and economic life in the Russian Federation. The movements for greater sovereignty among the Russian regions, such as Sverdlovsk’s attempt to create a Urals Republic, deserve special attention in any analysis of the development of federalism in Russia for several reasons.
In the literature on nationalism, which focuses mainly on the historical construction of ethnic and nationalist movements, the relative economic situation comes in as a deus ex machina to explain the variation. Scholars assume that ethnicity is ﬂuid but that economic interests are deﬁnite and real. In contrast, I argue that expressed economic interests may well be as ﬂuid as ethnicity, and the regional economy may be as imagined as the nation. Just as ethnic solidarity is an important social force weakly connected, if at all, to biological facts, so these collective economic claims may have a powerful impact on political life even if they are only weakly connected to “objective” economic facts.
Imagined Economies: The Sources of Russian Regionalism by Yoshiko M. Herrera