The Bulletin of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences № 2/2023.  Economics and Management.

Evgeny M. Buchwald

Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Professor, Chief Researcher, Head of the Center for Federal Relations and Regional Development, Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia


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Federal relations represent one of the key features of the institutional structure of the state in modern Russia, the most significant "frame" of its economic space and the basis for the hierarchy of public power in the country. It is no coincidence that all transformations in the sphere of federal relations directly affect all aspects of economic, social and other processes in the country. At the same time, as the experience of recent decades shows, this impact can be both positive and negative. Here everything depends on the "quality" of the reforms, namely on their socio-political and economic validity, clear goal-setting, objective monitoring and evaluation of the final results. Unfortunately, in many respects Russian institutional reforms lack these qualitative attributes. Most often, these reforms appear insufficiently motivated, devoid of clear goal-setting and a detailed assessment of the results actually achieved; they fail to get completed as their goals are attained, and simply come to nothing in the end. This suggests that we should not only reevaluate what has already been done to reform federative relations but also consider possible further steps in this direction, including necessary and possible changes and their potential impact on the spatial structure of Russia and its economy.

Keywords: federal relations, federal reform, federal subjects, spatial development strategizing.

JEL: Н79, О18, R110.





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Manuscript submission date: 20.02.2023


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Buchwald E.M. Federal reform: is a new stage possible? // Vestnik Instituta Ekonomiki Rossiyskoy Akademii Nauk. 2023. № 2. Pp. 34-49. (In Russ.). EDN: PYJTYM

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