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Imagined Economies

Imagined Economies
The Sources of Russian Regionalism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827362

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  • This book examines the economic bases of regional sovereignty movements in the Russian Federation from 1990–1993. The analysis is based on an original data set of Russian regional sovereignty movements and the author employs a variety of methods including quantitative statistical analysis, as well as qualitative case studies of Sverdlovsk and Samara oblasts using systematic content analysis of local newspaper articles. The central finding of the book is that variation in Russian regional activism is explained not by differences in economic conditions but by differences in the construction or imagination of economic interests; to put it in the language of other contemporary debates, economic advantage and disadvantage are as imagined as nations. In arguing that regional economic interests are inter-subjective, contingent, and institutionally specific, the book addresses a major question in political economy, namely the origin of economic interests. In addition, by engaging the nationalism literature, the book expands the constructivist paradigm to the development of economic interests.

    • A good explanation of the variation in Russian regional sovereignty movements, including an original data set
    • Analysis specifically addresses the economic basis of sovereignty movements, rather than focusing only on nationalist or ethnic factors
    • Analysis combines quantitative and qualitative methods, resulting in rigorous systematic analysis and serious attention to empirical facts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a valuable tool for students and researchers alike interested in gaining further insight into the complexities that govern federal relations in Russia."
    -Political Studies Review

    "Yoshiko Herrera has written an important book. Herrera should be given a large grant of money and asked to return to Samara and Sverdlovsk. Her theory is too interesting to demand any less."
    -The Russian Review

    "This book is extremely lucid ... and the innovative constructivist political economy approach will present a compelling analytic framework ... to help us better understand the evolving nature of economic interest formation in many secessionist movements...."
    -Slavic Review

    "Imagined Economies clearly represents a significant theoretical contribution and corrective to the current literature on nationalism, and it sets a promising agenda for future research." - Juliet Johnson, McGill University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827362
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 3 maps 37 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures and maps
    List of acronyms
    Note on transliteration
    1. Regionalism in the Russian Federation: theories and evidence
    2. Imagined economies: constructivist political economy and nationalism
    3. Breaking the Soviet doxa: perestroika, rasstroika, and the evolution of regionalism
    4. To each his own: the development of heterogeneous regional understandings and interests in Russia
    5. Imagined economies in Samara and Sverdlovsk: differences in regional understandings of the economy
    6. Regional understandings of the economy and sovereignty: the economic basis of the movement for a Urals Republic
    7. Regional understandings, institutional context, and the development of the movement for a Urals Republic
    Appendix tables

  • Author

    Yoshiko M. Herrera, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Yoshiko M. Herrera received her B.A. from Dartmouth College (1992), and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Chicago. From 1999–2007 she taught at Harvard University, as an Assistant Professor and then as John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Government. Since 2007 she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include identity and ethnic politics, political economy, bureaucratic reform, qualitative methods, public health, and the states of the Former Soviet Union.

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