Niches of agency: managing state-region relations through law in Russia

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  • Gail Fondahl
  • Viktoriya Filippova
  • Aytalina Savvinova
  • Florian Stammler
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv


State-region relations involve negotiations over the power to (re)-constitute local spaces. While in federal states, power-sharing ostensibly gives regions a role over many space-making decisions, power asymmetries affect this role. Where centralization trends may erode regional agency, law can provide an important tool by which regions can assert influence. We examine a case where, in response to a proposed Russian federal law highly unpopular with a regional population, the region's government sought to ameliorate its potential impacts by using opportunities to co-produce the law, amending regional legislation, and strategically implementing other federal and regional laws to protect its territory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-66
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed