The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation
Russia is a country of great complexity—eighty-nine subject regions, ethnic diversity, economic variance across regions, the power struggle of Moscow versus the regions—and multiple realities—urban versus rural, rich versus poor, and cosmopolitan versus provincial, just to name a few. Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation explores Russia's complexity and the meanings of the country's internal borders, the future of its agricultural spaces, the development of its political parties, and the effect of its federal organization.
The contributors examine stratification, citizenship, federalization, democratization, the politics of culture and identity, and globalization. These essays show how political leaders within Russia and scholars and policymakers from outside must accept the country's complexity and view uncertainty as a positive development rather than a liability. The authors explore how Russian experience can enhance theory political science, sociology, geography, and economics.
Contributors include: James Alexander, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Michael Bradshaw, Cynthia Buckley, Andrei Degtyarev, Vladimir Gel'man, Grigory Ioffe, Jodi Koehn, Andrei Makarychev, Yuri Medvedkov, Olga Medvedkov, Beth Mitchneck, Tatiana Nefedova, Nicolai Petro, Nancy Popson, Lawrence Robertson, Blair A. Ruble, Regina Smyth, Steven Solnick, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, and Natalia Vlasova.
What People are Saying
"Fragmented Space is one of the first books to view Russia's complicated transition from Communism through a multidisciplinary perspective. It presents a large amount of new material as well as interesting new approaches for understanding political, economic, and social development in Russia. With contributions from Russian and western scholars, it provides access to the best insights from people living inside Russia and outside observers."—Robert Orttung, Editor-in-Chief of the "Russian Regional Report," EastWest Institute
List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Russia's Fragmented Space 2 The Ties That Bind: The Importance of Region in the Construction of Social and Political Citizenship 3 Federalization 4 Democratization Challenged: The Role of the Regional Elites 5 Issues of Culture and Identity:"Cultural Entrepreneurship" in Russia's Regions 6 Globalization and Fragmentation: The Impact of the International Relations of Russia's Regions Contributors Index