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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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Inter‐Governmental Relations Under Yeltsin's New Federalism

Inter‐Governmental Relations Under Yeltsin's New Federalism

(p.142) 6 Inter‐Governmental Relations Under Yeltsin's New Federalism
Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Jeffrey Kahn

Oxford University Press

The fourth stage of Russia's federal transition—the ‘parade of treaties’—is the focus of this chapter. The legacy of Boris Yeltsin's presidency was the growth of institutional asymmetry, most notably in the form of bilateral treaties he negotiated with regional executives. These ad hoc, extra‐constitutional political deals simultaneously held the struggling Federation together in the short term while undercutting its prospects for long‐term stability, particularly with regard to fiscal and legal relationships between federal and regional governments. The politics of their negotiation often undercut the crucially needed federal political culture that was already in very low supply in Yeltsin's Russian Federation. The negotiation and effects of bilateral treaties are examined in detail, especially in the republics of Bashkortostan, Sakha‐Yakutia, and Tatarstan.

Keywords:   asymmetry, Bashkortostan, bilateral treaties, political culture, regional government, Sakha‐Yakutia, Tatarstan, Boris Yeltsin

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