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Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia$
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Jeffrey Kahn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246991

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246998.001.0001

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The Process of Federal Transition

The Process of Federal Transition

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Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Jeffrey Kahn (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Soviet regime's political successors intended, from the start, a transition to a genuine federal system. An examination of the formal debates and conflicts between political elites reveals that Russia's project of ‘renewed federation’ developed on several different institutional levels and cut across many different political interests. Three of four stages in the process of federal transition are examined in detail: the ‘Parade of Sovereignties’, development of the Federation Treaty, and the crisis over a new federal Constitution. The content of these documents and their relationship with power struggles in and between Moscow and the constituent units of the new Russian Federation are examined in detail. The Republic of Tatarstan is a special case study.

Keywords:   constitution, elites, federal system, federation treaty, institutions, Russia, sovereignty, Tatarstan

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