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Imagined Economies : The Sources of Russian Regionalism - Yoshiko M. Herrera

Imagined Economies

The Sources of Russian Regionalism


Published: 6th December 2004
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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

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Regionalism in the Russian Federation: theories and evidence
Imagined economies: constructivist political economy and nationalism
Breaking the Soviet doxa: perestroika, rasstroika, and the evolution of regionalism
To each his own: the development of heterogeneous regional understandings and interests in Russia
Imagined economies in Samara and Sverdlovsk: differences in regional understandings of the economy
Regional understandings of the economy and sovereignty: the economic basis of the movement for a Urals Republic
Regional understandings, institutional context, and the development of the movement for a Urals Republic
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ISBN: 9780521827362
ISBN-10: 0521827361
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64