Niches of agency: managing state-region relations through law in Russia

Gail Fondahl, Viktoriya Filippova, Aytalina Savvinova, Florian Stammler, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv

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State-region relations involve negotiations over the power to (re)-constitute local spaces. While in federal states, power-sharing ostensibly gives regions a role over many space-making decisions, power asymmetries affect this role. Where centralization trends may erode regional agency, law can provide an important tool by which regions can assert influence. We examine a case where, in response to a proposed Russian federal law highly unpopular with a regional population, the region's government sought to ameliorate its potential impacts by using opportunities to co-produce the law, amending regional legislation, and strategically implementing other federal and regional laws to protect its territory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-66
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • centre-region relations
  • indigenous
  • Law
  • Russia
  • territory
  • Yakutia

Field of science

  • Law


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