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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia$
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Cameron Ross

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058691

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.001.0001

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Fiscal federalism and socio-economic asymmetry

Fiscal federalism and socio-economic asymmetry

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(p.72) 5 Fiscal federalism and socio-economic asymmetry
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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia
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Cameron Ross

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.003.0005

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

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