Imagined Economies: The Sources Of Russian Regionalism by Yoshiko M. HerreraImagined Economies: The Sources Of Russian Regionalism by Yoshiko M. Herrera

Imagined Economies: The Sources Of Russian Regionalism

byYoshiko M. Herrera

Paperback | March 26, 2007

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This book examines the economic bases of regional sovereignty movements in the Russian Federation from 1990-1993. The analysis is based on an original data set of Russian regional sovereignty movements and the author employs a variety of methods including quantitative statistical analysis, as well as qualitative case studies of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts using systematic content analysis of local newspaper articles. The central finding of the book is that variation in Russian regional activism is explained not by differences in economic conditions but by differences in the construction or imagination of economic interests; to put it in the language of other contemporary debates, economic advantage and disadvantage are as imagined as nations. In arguing that regional economic interests are inter-subjective, contingent, and institutionally specific, the book addresses a major question in political economy, namely the origin of economic interests. In addition, by engaging the nationalism literature, the book expands the constructivist paradigm to the development of economic interests.
Yoshiko M. Herrera is Associate Professor of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She is a Faculty Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and an Executive Committee Member for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She is also a Member of the Project on Governance in Russia ...
Title:Imagined Economies: The Sources Of Russian RegionalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 26, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521534739

ISBN - 13:9780521534734

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Table of Contents

List of tables; List of figures and maps; List of acronyms; Note on transliteration; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Regionalism in the Russian Federation: theories and evidence; 2. Imagined economies: constructivist political economy and nationalism; 3. Breaking the Soviet doxa: perestroika, rasstroika, and the evolution of regionalism; 4. To each his own: the development of heterogeneous regional understandings and interests in Russia; 5. Imagined economies in Samara and Sverdlovsk: differences in regional understandings of the economy; 6. Regional understandings of the economy and sovereignty: the economic basis of the movement for a Urals Republic; 7. Regional understandings, institutional context, and the development of the movement for a Urals Republic; Conclusion; Appendix tables; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Imagined Economies clearly represents a significant theoretical contribution and corrective to the current literature on nationalism, and it sets a promising agenda for future research." - Juliet Johnson, McGill University