Russian Regional Politics under Putin and Medvedev
Many authors have alluded to the unique nature of Russia’s dual transition and its difficult task of simultaneously reforming its economy and polity. But there is in fact a third transition still far from completed that is of no less importance, the need to reconfigure central-regional relations and to create a stable and viable form of federalism. There are vast economic, demographic and political variations across the Russian federation. Therefore an understanding of regions, and the causes and consequences of cross-regional diversity, is a vitally important dimension of Russian politics that should not be overlooked. It is only by studying regional level politics that we can gain a full understanding of the complexities of Russia’s protracted transition.
This edited volume examines regional politics and centre-regional relations over the period 2000-2010, including the most recent developments which have taken place under the new dual leadership of Medvedev and Putin. All eight chapters have been written by leading experts in the field of Russian politics. In addition to chapters on regional elections, parties, regional governors and local politics, there are three chapters devoted to the important developments which are currently taking place in the Caucasus.
This book was published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.
1. Introduction: Russian Regional Politics under Putin and Medvedev Cameron Ross
2. Medvedev’s New Governors Helge Blakkisrud
3. Russia’s Regional Legislative Elections, 2003–2007: Authoritarianism Incorporated Grigorii V. Golosov
4. Electoral Legislation in Russian Regions Arkady Lyubarev
5. The Rise and Fall of Political Parties in Russia’s Regional Assemblies Cameron Ross
6. Local Regimes, Sub-national Governance and the ‘Power Vertical’ in Contemporary Russia Vladimir Gel’man & Sergei Ryzhenkov
7. The Clash of Regionalisms and Caucasian Conflicts Richard Sakwa
8. Has the Russian Federation Been Chechenised? Robert Ware
9. Kadyrov’s Chechnya—Template, Test or Trouble for Russia’s Regional Policy? John Russell