This book examines the economic bases of regional sovereignty movements in the Russian Federation from 1990-1993. The analysis is based on an original data set of Russian regional sovereignty movements and the author employs a variety of methods including quantitative statistical analysis, as well as qualitative case studies of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts using systematic content analysis of local newspaper articles. The central finding of the book is that variation in Russian regional activism is explained not by differences in economic conditions but by differences in the construction or imagination of economic interests; to put it in the language of other contemporary debates, economic advantage and disadvantage are as imagined as nations. In arguing that regional economic interests are inter-subjective, contingent, and institutionally specific, the book addresses a major question in political economy, namely the origin of economic interests. In addition, by engaging the nationalism literature, the book expands the constructivist paradigm to the development of economic interests.
'... a valuable tool for students and researchers alike interested in gaining further insight into the complexities that govern federal relations in Russia.' Political Studies Review
"...a valuable tool for students and researchers alike interested in gaining further insight into the complexities that govern federal relations in Russia."
-Political Studies Review
"Yoshiko Herrera has written an important book. Herrera should be given a large grant of money and asked to return to Samara and Sverdlovsk. Her theory is too interesting to demand any less."
-The Russian Review
"This book is extremely lucid ... and the innovative constructivist political economy approach will present a compelling analytic framework ... to help us better understand the evolving nature of economic interest formation in many secessionist movements...."
"Imagined Economies clearly represents a significant theoretical contribution and corrective to the current literature on nationalism, and it sets a promising agenda for future research." - Juliet Johnson, McGill University
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.64