Federalism and State‐Building: Post‐Communist and Post‐Colonial Perspectives

Steven L. Solnick

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Federalism and State‐Building: Post‐Communist and Post‐Colonial Perspectives

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Examines the process of bargaining over the creation of new rules and institutions after radical regime transitions. The analysis addresses the limited but important class of cases where a weakened central authority—whether constituted by the provinces or established as a legacy of imperial administration—must win the support or acquiescence of a minimal coalition of territorial actors in order to remain in power. It focuses on the relationship between cohesiveness achieved and impartiality of administration, with particular regard to the mode of the bargaining between central and provincial elites during the state‐building process. It then tests this theoretical account against the experiences of post‐communist Russia and Ukraine, of the consolidating Indian states in and around 1947, and of other post‐colonial cases.

Keywords: federalism; India; Russia; state building; Ukraine

Chapter.  12660 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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