The Politics of Local Government in Russia

Author:   Alfred B. Evans ,  Vladimir Gel'man
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
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9780742524798


Pages:   308
Publication Date:   03 June 2004
Format:   Hardback
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According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, adopted in 1993, local autonomy is one of the fundamental principles of the constitutional system. The Politics of Local Government in Russia aims to provide a dedicated and comprehensive discussion of the pursuit of local self-government in contemporary Russia where local refers to the third tier of government, beyond federal and regional. Some of the ablest scholars in the field focus on the existing institutional and social climate for municipal and district level government in Russia while placing recent reforms in a comparative and historical perspective.

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Author:   Alfred B. Evans ,  Vladimir Gel'man
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Dimensions:   Width: 16.50cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.608kg
ISBN:  

9780742524798


ISBN 10:   0742524795
Pages:   308
Publication Date:   03 June 2004
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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The fundamental question driving The Politics of Local Government in Russia is 'Why have ideas of local autonomy and local democracy failed to take root successfully in Russian soil?' The editors bring together a number of esteemed scholars to answer this question, each of whom delve into different pieces of the puzzle. . . . A valuable contribution to the study of contemporary Russian politics. Its focus on how local governments evolve in a post-authoritarian context also makes it important to the broader field of comparative democratization.--Bryon J. Moraski Russian Review


The essays in this volume start with the understanding that the project of post-Soviet municipal reform in Russia has failed. There is a sharp contrast between the stated principles of local autonomy and democracy and the realities of impoverished municipalities with ruling 'political machines' in Russia. The individual papers explore two dimensions of this failure. Three essays focus on the possibility of building local politics based on the past experience of the tsarist local government reforms of thelate 19th century. Seven essays focus on various aspects of local government in contemporary Russia: the role of the central and regional governments in limiting the development of local autonomy and democratization; local budget crises caused by transferof responsibilities from higher levels of government and enterprises, without an appropriate tax base; the unique challenges in local government in 'company towns;' the special case of Moscow. A concluding chapter describes Vladimir Putin's proposed reforms of local government and assesses their potential impact, concluding that the degree of independence of local governments will decrease as the national executive leadership consolidates its control over the hierarchy of administration. Recommended. Upp -- D. V. Schwartz, University of Toronto CHOICE The Politics of Local Government in Russia is a valuable contribution to the study of contemporary Russian politics. -- Bryon J. Moraski, University of Florida The fundamental question driving The Politics of Local Government in Russia is 'Why have ideas of local autonomy and local democracy!failed to take root successfully in Russian soil?' The editors bring together a number of esteemed scholars to answer this question, each of whom delve into different pieces of the puzzle... A valuable contribution to the study of contemporary Russian politics. Its focus on how local governments evolve in a post-authoritarian context also makes it important to the broader field of comparative democratization. -- Bryon J. Moraski, University of Florida Russian Review The Politics of Local Government in Russia makes a positive contribution to the understanding of this multi-dimensional subject and is necessary reading for scholars of Russian local government.( -- W.T. Westwater, University of Birmingham Seer A timely and useful addition to the market. -- Derek S. Hutcheson Europe-Asia Studies The essays in this volume start with the understanding that the project of post-Soviet municipal reform in Russia has failed. There is a sharp contrast between the stated principles of local autonomy and democracy and the realities of impoverished municipalities with ruling 'political machines' in Russia. The individual papers explore two dimensions of this failure. Three essays focus on the possibility of building local politics based on the past experience of the tsarist local government reforms of the late 19th century. Seven essays focus on various aspects of local government in contemporary Russia: the role of the central and regional governments in limiting the development of local autonomy and democratization; local budget crises caused by transfer of responsibilities from higher levels of government and enterprises, without an appropriate tax base; the unique challenges in local government in 'company towns;' the special case of Moscow. A concluding chapter describes Vladimir Putin's proposed reforms of local government and assesses their potential impact, concluding that the degree of independence of local governments will decrease as the national executive leadership consolidates its control over the hierarchy of administration. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -- D. V. Schwartz, University of Toronto CHOICE


The essays in this volume start with the understanding that the project of post-Soviet municipal reform in Russia has failed. There is a sharp contrast between the stated principles of local autonomy and democracy and the realities of impoverished municipalities with ruling 'political machines' in Russia. The individual papers explore two dimensions of this failure. Three essays focus on the possibility of building local politics based on the past experience of the tsarist local government reforms of thelate 19th century. Seven essays focus on various aspects of local government in contemporary Russia: the role of the central and regional governments in limiting the development of local autonomy and democratization; local budget crises caused by transferof responsibilities from higher levels of government and enterprises, without an appropriate tax base; the unique challenges in local government in 'company towns;' the special case of Moscow. A concluding chapter describes Vladimir Put


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Alfred B. Evans Jr, is professor of political science at California State University, Fresno. Vladimir Gel'man is associate professor, faculty of political sciences and sociology, European University at St. Petersburg.

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