Niches of agency: managing state-region relations through law in Russia
AuthorFondahl, Gail; Filippova, Viktoriya; Savvinova, Antonina; Ivanova, Aytalina; Stammler, Florian; Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild
State-region relations involve negotiations over the power to (re)-constitute local spaces. While in federal states, power-sharing ostensibly gives regions a role over many space-making decisions, power asymmetries affect this role. Where centralization trends may erode regional agency, law can provide an important tool by which regions can assert influence. We examine a case where, in response to a proposed Russian federal law highly unpopular with a regional population, the region's government sought to ameliorate its potential impacts by using opportunities to co-produce the law, amending regional legislation, and strategically implementing other federal and regional laws to protect its territory.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationFondahl G, Filippova, Savvinova, Ivanova A, Stammler F, Hoogensen Gjørv G. Niches of agency: managing state-region relations through law in Russia. Space & Polity. 2019;23(1):49-66
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