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The Process of Federal Transition

Jeffrey Kahn

in Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246991
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599606 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246998.003.0005
 The Process of Federal Transition

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The Soviet regime's political successors intended, from the start, a transition to a genuine federal system. An examination of the formal debates and conflicts between political elites reveals that Russia's project of ‘renewed federation’ developed on several different institutional levels and cut across many different political interests. Three of four stages in the process of federal transition are examined in detail: the ‘Parade of Sovereignties’, development of the Federation Treaty, and the crisis over a new federal Constitution. The content of these documents and their relationship with power struggles in and between Moscow and the constituent units of the new Russian Federation are examined in detail. The Republic of Tatarstan is a special case study.

Keywords: constitution; elites; federal system; federation treaty; institutions; Russia; sovereignty; Tatarstan

Chapter.  17638 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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