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Regional Russia in Transition

, 272 pages
October 2001



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Regional Russia in Transition

Studies from Yaroslavl

While the West tends to focus on Russia's national institutions and practices when assessing the transition to democracy, Russia's sub-national democratization will largely shape Russians' views of their new government, willingness to participate in it, and trust in its ability to deliver. Regional and local government not only are nearer to ordinary citizens but have, under Russia's federated constitution, highly important economic and social functions.

Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl' examines democracy in a central region of Russia, a largely industrialized heartland off the beaten path from Moscow and Leningrad. Yaroslavl' has been the subject of a series of studies since 1990 by a group of senior U.S. Russianists, several of them contributors to this book. Regional Russia in Transition also includes important work by a Russian historian and a social scientist and an American businessman.

Jeffrey W. Hahn is professor of political science at Villanova University.

"Jeffrey Hahn and the six other Western and Russina social scientists who wrote chapters for thisbook have made a significant contribution to Russian regionology."

"This book brings together a wealth of new information and ideas backed up by excellent primary materials... This study also shows that a detailed examination of one region from a number of different perspectives can be just as illuminating [as a comparative approach]."

"The effort to cover in detail the political, economic, and social developoment of a representative Russian region is most laudable."

"The book does make a strong case for the study of regional politics and research on democratization and democracy in comparative perspective."

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