The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
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.
What People are Saying
"Jeffrey Hahn and the six other Western and Russian social scientists who wrote chapters for this book have made a significant contribution to Russian "regionology". -- Joel C. Moses, The Russian Review
"With original research and careful analysis, this team of highly competent social scientists assesses political, social, and economic developments in the Yaroslavl' region during the past decade. This work will have great interest for scholars, policy makers, and lay readers interested in democratic and market transitions generally and postcommunist transitions in particular." -- Frederic J. Fleron, Jr., Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
Table of Contents
1 "Introduction: Regional Development and Russian Democracy," Jeffrey W. Hahn
2 "A Benchmark History of Yaroslavl' in the Twentieth Century," Aleksander Khodnev
3 "The Political Transformation of Yaroslavl': Transition to Democracy?" Jeffrey W. Hahn
4 "Political Culture in Yaroslavl' Over Time: How 'Civic'?" Jeffrey W. Hahn
5 "Linking the Personal to the National: The Status of Personal Trust in Yaroslavl'," Boris Sergeyev
6 "Industrial Giants, Entrepreneurs, and Regional Government: The Changing Business Environment in Yaroslavl' Oblast 1990-1999," Daniel Satinsky
7 "Regional Governance Regimes in Russia: Comparing Yaroslavl' with Udmurtia," Beth Mitchneck
8 "From Soviet to European Yaroslavl': Changing Neighborhood Structure in Post-Soviet Cities," Susan Goodrich Lehmann and Blair A. Ruble
9 "Conclusions: What Can We Learn From Yaroslavl'?" Jeffrey W. Hahn