Transforming the Matryoshka: Merger of Russian Regions

Transforming the Matryoshka: Merger of Russian Regions

Авторы: Окунев Игорь Юрьевич, Осколков Петр Викторович, Тисленко Мария Игоревна
Okunev I. Transforming the Matryoshka: Merger of Russian Regions / I.Okunev, P.Oskolkov, M.Tislenko // Regions and Cohesion. — 2019. — Vol. 9.— Iss. 3. — P. 29-57.

This article assesses the 2000s reforms of the Russian administrative divisions and the implications of the reforms for the institutional structure and related discourse through institutional and discourse analysis. The authors reach the conclusion that the “special status” of the newly formed territorial entities remains undefined, while the representation norm is highly uneven, since the competences of governing bodies in the merged entities lie predominantly in the ethnic and cultural sphere. The reform was not a single and coherent policy measure but rather a number of incoherent initiatives. This can be seen from the presence of different (re)integration models in respective amalgamation cases, different models of a “special status” and a variety of reactions to the reform emanating from the population.

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