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Intergovernmental Reforms in the Russian Federation : One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?


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  • Migara O. De Silva
  • Galina Kurlyandskaya
  • Elena Andreeva
  • Natalia Golovanova
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    Intergovernmental reforms in the Russian Federation: one step forward, two steps back? Is a critical analysis of Russia's intergovernmental reform program which began in the early 1990s. It assesses the effects of a broad range of reforms adopted over two tumultuous decades during which the Russian Federation experienced significant, and at times drastic, political regime changes, coupled with a similarly turbulent economic growth trajectory. This environment reshaped intergovernmental relations, requiring certain fiscal responsibilities to be delegated to the sub-national levels. These reforms, however, were not always accompanied by the kinds of administrative and political structures required to support a truly devolved system of intergovernmental fiscal relations. As this study indicates, in recent years there has been a tendency to recentralize some powers that had been granted to sub-national governments under earlier reforms, a trend that may call into question the future of fiscal decentralization in the federation. Moreover, the current global economic downturn has had a significant effect on Russia' economic growth, largely because of the country's overdependence on oil, gas, and mineral exports. It is likely that in the present economic climate the political regime will be inclined to further limit sub-national autonomy.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 2668 and published in 2009.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-7967-7
    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:2668

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    Keywords: Public Sector Economics and Finance Urban Development - Municipal Financial Management Finance and Financial Sector Development - Banks & Banking Reform Finance and Financial Sector Development - Debt Markets Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Finance Management Public Sector Development;


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    1. Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2000. "Incentives to provide local public goods: fiscal federalism, Russian style," Working Papers, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) w0001, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
    2. Evgeny Yakovlev & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2006. "State Capture: From Yeltsin to Putin," Working Papers, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) w0094, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
    3. Shahid Yusuf & Angus Deaton & Kemal Dervis & William Easterly & Takatoshi Ito & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2009. "Development Economics through the Decades," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, The World Bank, number 2586, August.
    4. Weingast, Barry R, 1995. "The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 11(1), pages 1-31, April.
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