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Resisting the State Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia

ISBN-10: 052182463X

ISBN-13: 9780521824637

Edition: 2006

Authors: Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

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Why do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern? Why do they so often fail to provide their beleaguered populations with better access to public goods and services? Using original and unusual data, this book uses post-communist Russia as a case in examining what the author calls this broader 'weak state syndrome' in many developing countries. Through interviews with over 800 Russian bureaucrats in 72 of Russia's 89 provinces, and a highly original database on patterns of regional government non-compliance to federal law and policy, the book demonstrates that resistance to Russian central authority not so much ethnically based (as others have argued) as much as generated by the will of powerful and wealthy regional political and economic actors seeking to protect assets they had acquired through Russia's troubled transition out of communism.
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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/19/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 182
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
W(h)ither the Russian State?
Apparatchiki into "Entrepreneurchiki": The Sources of Russia's Weak Central State
Governing Russia: Patterns of Regional Resistance to the Central State
Inside the Russian State: Assessing Infrastructural Power in the Provinces
Retrenchment over Reform: Obstacles to the Central State in the Periphery
Weak National Parties, Weak Central State
The Comparative Implications of Russia's Weak State Syndrome
Index