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Federalism in China and Russia - Story of Success and Story of Failure? (Hardcover): Alexander Libman, Michael Rochlitz Federalism in China and Russia - Story of Success and Story of Failure? (Hardcover)
Alexander Libman, Michael Rochlitz
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Based on the synthesis of a large empirical and theoretical literature on centre-region relations in China and Russia, Federalism in China and Russia is one of the first attempts to integrate this literature from different disciplines into a coherent common framework. Libman and Rochlitz argue that the divergence in growth performance between Russia and China can be - at least partially - explained by a number of features of the Chinese system of centre-regional relations. The authors offer a comparative analysis of the development of centre-region relations in Russia and in China and explore several dimensions of these relations: fiscal ties and incentives; bureaucratic practices; flows of information; and local government practices, while addressing the determinants of divergence between both countries. They also examine how the Chinese system has recently started to change, by adopting several features of the Russian model, which might be one of the reasons for China's declining growth performance in recent years. Federalism in China and Russia should be read by scholars in public economics, political economy and comparative politics, as well as by students and policy analysts. For scholars, the book serves as a point of reference in studying the comparative evolution of the two countries. It will enrich the discussion on fiscal federalism, centre-region relations and sub-national political regimes, and could potentially become an important part of syllabi in political economy, public economics and comparative politics courses. For policy analysts, the book offers a comprehensive survey of the evolution of centre-periphery relations of the two countries and the differences between them, which is important to better understand the overall development of Russia and China.

Authoritarian Regionalism in the World of International Organizations - Global Perspective and the Eurasian Enigma (Hardcover):... Authoritarian Regionalism in the World of International Organizations - Global Perspective and the Eurasian Enigma (Hardcover)
Anastassia V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman
R1,558 Discovery Miles 15 580 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The interconnection between international organizations (IOs) membership and democratization has become a topic of intense debate. However, the main focus of the literature so far has been on IOs created by democratic states and comprised mostly of democracies, for examples the European Union. In contrast to existing studies, this book focuses on another group of regional IOs, referred to as 'non-democratic IOs' which are organizations founded by autocracies. How do these newly emerged organizations interrelate and interact with the outside world? How do they counteract and confront the danger of democratization in their own member states and neighboring states? This book aims to address these questions by developing a new theory of authoritarian regionalism, and by combining both quantitative and qualitative analysis to test it. The quantitative analysis uses a large dataset of all regional organizations worldwide for the post-World War II period, with the aim of defining historical trends in development and the modification of regionalism over the last seven decades (1945-2015). Qualitative analysis refines and develops the argument by looking at the case of post-Soviet Eurasia. The book uncovers a new type of regionalism - 'authoritarian regionalism' and traces its historical roots as well as its implications for modern politics. The book is the first attempt to systematically investigate the functioning and the impact of authoritarian regionalism as a new phenomenon as well as its implications for democratization world-wide. The book contributes to the theory of regionalism, international organizations, studies of autocracies, foreign policy, and democratization world-wide.

Eurasian Integration - Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism (Hardcover): Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman Eurasian Integration - Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism (Hardcover)
Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman
R2,497 Discovery Miles 24 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Eurasian continent, which has for over a century lagged behind in global markets, is currently gaining economic and political momentum. This book investigates emerging economic linkages in the area, examining the factors shaping this integration, the benefits and risks involved, and the future of these states on the global stage.

Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations - Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Evgeny Vinokurov,... Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations - Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman
R2,915 R2,383 Discovery Miles 23 830 Save R532 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book re-evaluates the regional organizations landscape and discusses how organizations with similar mandates can exercise strikingly different goals. Even economic organizations, which do not produce any outcomes in terms of economic cooperation, can be valuable for their members or individual stakeholders. The book's argument is supported by a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. It employs a novel dataset of 60 regional organizations to establish correlations between members' goals and their characteristics. More than a dozen case studies in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and post-Soviet Eurasia illustrate the theoretic arguments of how particular types of regional organizations come into existence and evolve. Finally, the book examines the remarkable resilience of regional organizations and considers the conditions under which the stakeholders are willing to abandon support.

Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations - Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the... Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations - Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017)
Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman
R2,646 R2,113 Discovery Miles 21 130 Save R533 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book re-evaluates the regional organizations landscape and discusses how organizations with similar mandates can exercise strikingly different goals. Even economic organizations, which do not produce any outcomes in terms of economic cooperation, can be valuable for their members or individual stakeholders. The book's argument is supported by a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. It employs a novel dataset of 60 regional organizations to establish correlations between members' goals and their characteristics. More than a dozen case studies in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and post-Soviet Eurasia illustrate the theoretic arguments of how particular types of regional organizations come into existence and evolve. Finally, the book examines the remarkable resilience of regional organizations and considers the conditions under which the stakeholders are willing to abandon support.

Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia (Hardcover, New Ed): Anastassia Obydenkova, Alexander... Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia (Hardcover, New Ed)
Anastassia Obydenkova, Alexander Libman
R1,626 R1,137 Discovery Miles 11 370 Save R489 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As the Ukrainian Crisis shows both political regimes and national borders in Eurasia are still in a state of flux. Bringing together literatures on the external influences of democratization, the post-Soviet space and support for autocracy Autocratic and Democratic External influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia provides a comprehensive overview of the interaction of domestic and international politics during times of regime transition. Demonstrating the interplay of these forces the book explores the rich variation in motives and channels of autocratic and democratic influences. International scholars consider two channels of external influence on regime transition; the role of supranational organizations established by non-democracies and the role of non-governmental organizations and through a set of carefully chosen case studies offer a new theoretical discussion on the phenomenon of multi-level regime transition.

Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration (Hardcover): Alexander Libman, Evgeny Vinokurov Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration (Hardcover)
Alexander Libman, Evgeny Vinokurov
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Libman and Vinokurov discuss the evolution of post-Soviet regional integration as a prominent case of 'holding-together regionalism' - integration of countries originally belonging to a single political entity. They provide a detailed account of the economic, political and social aspects of the interaction of post-Soviet countries, studying both formal regionalism and informal linkages between companies and individuals. The book pays particular attention to the political economy of this process, assessing both the reasons for the ineffectiveness of post-Soviet regionalism until recently and the driving forces of its persistence. It investigates migration flows, mutual trade and investments, as well as interaction in key sectors of infrastructure, such as telecommunications, transportation, agriculture and power utilities.

Consequences of Informal Autonomy - The Case of Russian Federalism (Hardcover, New edition): Alexander Libman Consequences of Informal Autonomy - The Case of Russian Federalism (Hardcover, New edition)
Alexander Libman
R985 R916 Discovery Miles 9 160 Save R69 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book is the first to provide a systematic overview of the interplay of formal and informal institutions as elements of the Russian federalism from the early 1990s to the mid-2010s. It discusses the crucial role of informal power structures and practices in the relations between the center and the regions in Russia, which survived the centralization policy of the Putin government. Using econometric large-N analysis and a set of novel quantitative indicators, the book shows that persistence of informal autonomy in Russia has mostly harmful consequences for the political development of the regions, contributing to the consolidation and strengthening of sub-national autocracies.

Causes and Consequences of Democratization - The regions of Russia (Paperback): Anastassia  V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman Causes and Consequences of Democratization - The regions of Russia (Paperback)
Anastassia V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Special order

In recent decades, the regions of Russia have taken different paths of regime transition. Despite the consolidation of an autocratic regime at national level and the centralization steered by Vladimir Putin's government, the variation across sub-national regimes persists. Using an innovative theoretical framework, this book explores both causes and consequences of democratization in the regions of Russia. It is the first study in the field to systematically integrate structural and agency approaches in order to account for economic, social, historical and international causes of democratization and to trace its consequences. By focusing on the challenging and under-studied topic of sub-national regimes, the book provides a unique perspective on regime transition and the new theoretical framework contributes to a better understanding of democratization world-wide. The book will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratization, sub-national regimes, East European politics, comparative politics, post-communism, and international relations.

Causes and Consequences of Democratization - The regions of Russia (Hardcover): Anastassia  V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman Causes and Consequences of Democratization - The regions of Russia (Hardcover)
Anastassia V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman
R2,670 Discovery Miles 26 700 Special order

In recent decades, the regions of Russia have taken different paths of regime transition. Despite the consolidation of an autocratic regime at national level and the centralization steered by Vladimir Putin's government, the variation across sub-national regimes persists. Using an innovative theoretical framework, this book explores both causes and consequences of democratization in the regions of Russia. It is the first study in the field to systematically integrate structural and agency approaches in order to account for economic, social, historical and international causes of democratization and to trace its consequences. By focusing on the challenging and under-studied topic of sub-national regimes, the book provides a unique perspective on regime transition and the new theoretical framework contributes to a better understanding of democratization world-wide. The book will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratization, sub-national regimes, East European politics, comparative politics, post-communism, and international relations.

Eurasian Integration - Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012): Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman Eurasian Integration - Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012)
Evgeny Vinokurov, Alexander Libman
R1,533 Discovery Miles 15 330 Special order

The Eurasian continent, which has for over a century lagged behind in global markets, is currently gaining economic and political momentum. This book investigates emerging economic linkages in the area, examining the factors shaping this integration, the benefits and risks involved, and the future of these states on the global stage.

Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012): Alexander Libman, Evgeny... Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012)
Alexander Libman, Evgeny Vinokurov
R1,440 Discovery Miles 14 400 Special order

An in-depth analysis of one of the most important and complex issues of the post-Soviet era, namely the (re-)integration of this highly interconnected region. The book considers the evolution of 'holding-together' groups since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, looking at intergovernmental interaction and informal economic and social ties.

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