Federalism and Inter-Governmental Relations in Russia

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    Since the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation in 2000, the principles and practices of federalism have come under attack and we have witnessed a recentralisation of power in the Kremlin. Over the period 2003-6 a number of major laws were adopted that seriously weakened the powers and competencies of federal subjects. Moreover, any hopes that the centralizing initiatives of the Putin administration would be reversed by President Medvedev have been dashed. Inter-governmental relations in Russia are once again conducted in accord with Soviet style principles of hierarchy and control. Russia is a 'quasi-unitary' state masquerading as a federation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-187
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
    Issue number2
    Early online date18 May 2010
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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