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‘Fragmented belonging’ on Russia’s western frontier and local government development in Karelia

Lankina, Tomila V. ORCID: 0000-0002-8303-1747 (2007) ‘Fragmented belonging’ on Russia’s western frontier and local government development in Karelia. Representation, equity and environment working paper series (no. 30). World Resources Institute.

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Karelia is a forestry-rich region on Russia’s Northwestern frontier. This article shows how institutional arrangements for local government were a product of contending efforts of Western donors and other transnational actors, the federal and regional governments, as well as municipalities. Russia’s federal recentralizing reforms and broader authoritarian context notwithstanding, Karelia illustrates how the choice of local institutions, as well as ideas about representation and citizenship are increasingly shaped by actors beyond the central state. Borrowing insights from Joel Migdal and Jesse Ribot, it argues that the result is shifting cognitive boundaries and ‘fragmented belonging’ (Ribot 2007) or multiple reference points of local citizens in a dynamic process of contestation and re-contestation of citizenship.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2007 World Resources Institute
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:10

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