Pskov region of the Russian Federation as foreign policy actor

Mikenberg, Eero (2008) Pskov region of the Russian Federation as foreign policy actor. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Subnational foreign activities are a new and relatively unexplored aspect of the international system. The absence of clear and universal rules creates an ambiguous political playground that can be misused by both states and their subnational governmental units for reaching their foreign policy and foreign trade goals.
Worldwide, different patterns for subnational foreign activities in federal states have emerged. For example, in the United States, member states of the federation are fighting over foreign investments mainly. In Germany, on the other hand, members of the federation have delegated their rights in terms of foreign activities to the federal government. In general, federations with long democratic traditions have managed to introduce the formulas for containing subnational foreign activities.
In Russia, in contrast, the breakdown of the Soviet Union confronted both the federal centre and members of federation with a fundamentally new situation. In Soviet times, the territorial units of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (RSFSR), were of administrative nature only, i.e. they lacked the political dimension.
Some of the Russian regions were using their newly-gained freedom for the purpose of challenging the federal centre. Pskov region of Russia has been one of the most active subnational actors.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Pskov, Russian Federation, foreign policy, subnational actor, subnational foreign activities
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
Supervisor's Name: White, Prof Stephen L
Date of Award: 2008
Depositing User: Mr Eero Mikenberg
Unique ID: glathesis:2008-211
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 30 May 2008
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:16

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