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Fiscal federalism and socio-economic asymmetry

Cameron Ross

in Federalism and Democratisation in Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780719058691
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.003.0005
Fiscal federalism and socio-economic asymmetry

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There are factors other than the ethnic one that must be considered in assessing the likelihood of secession and the prospects for democratic consolidation in the republics. He who controls the economy controls the polity. But who does control the purse strings in Russia, and how are federal funds distributed across the federation? To what degree have federal policies ameliorated the high levels of socio-economic asymmetry inherited from the USSR? The most important additional factor is the overall wealth and economic status of the federal subjects and the degree to which they are economically dependent on the centre. This chapter discusses socio-economic asymmetry and fiscal federalism.

Keywords: ethnic secession; economic status; fiscal federalism; socio-economic asymmetry; USSR

Chapter.  7498 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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