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Internal centralization and international integration in the post-Soviet space

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    An important but often neglected factor influencing the changes in power relations in Eurasia is the development of center-periphery relations in individual countries. Domestic and international politics are never clearly separated, especially in the emerging post-Soviet states, which still maintain strong economic, cultural and political links among each other. The aim of the paper is to understand how international integration and domestic policy (re)centralization influenced each other in the post-Soviet countries. It looks at four possible combinations of the development of regionalism and decentralization observed in the CIS region over the last two decades and develops a simple framework explaining the differences between these case studies.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 21882.

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    Keywords: regional integration; decentralization; post-Soviet countries; multi-level governance;

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