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Analysis of interconnection between democratic institutions development at national and subnational levels: the case study of Russia and its regions

2015
Department: Laboratory for Regional Development Assessment Methods
The project has been carried out as part of the HSE Program of Fundamental Studies.

Goal of research: To fill methodological and factological gap in studying of democratic transit in post-Soviet countries on a base of adjoint analysis of democratic institutions development in Russian Federation at the national and regional levels; major regularities of this development identification.

Methodology:

  • Statistical analysis:  correlation, factorial, dispersion;
  • Comparative analysis of political institutions at the national and subnational levels including cross-country and cross-regions approach;
  • Mathematical modeling.

Empirical base of research:

Social-economic, political, and electoral statistics by administrative districts and municipalities; different integral ratings by spheres of other research teams, gathered when working on the 2014 project “Comparative analysis of democractic institutions development and levels of democracy in regions of Russia”: evaluations of regional authorities effectiveness, of openness and informational activism, ratings of investment attractiveness, of political stability and risks etc. Integral indices of social-economic and political tension in regions, calculated on a base of state statistics and specially gathered data bases on regional political elites and division of powers in regions.

Results of research:

In theory: Development of the theory of regional political systems and interconnection of political regimes at the national and subnational levels;

In methodology: Adaptation of comparative politics approaches and analysis of democratic development at countries level to be used at regional and subregional levels. Working out the methodology of region’s socio-political development and of proposals for its harmonization;

Empirical knowledge: Regions’ democracy ratings time series calculation to evaluate political development unevenness and its major trends, which can be used in different political, economic and sociological studies dealing with regional dimension.

Level of implementation,  recommendations on implementation or outcomes of the implementation of the results

Preliminary results of work on the project have been used for the system of monitoring social-economic and political tension in regions for the Committee on Civic Initiatives led by Alexei Kudrin.

Publications:


Putin's Rusia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.
Petrov N. Russia Country Report, in: Bertelsmann Transformation Index. Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2014. P. 1-25.
Титков А. С. Индекс демократии для регионов России: динамика 1990-2000-х годов // Вестник Пермского университета. Серия: Политология. 2016. № 2. С. 81-104.
Petrov N., Slider D. Regional Politics, in: Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016. P. 63-82.