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Economic and Social Policy Trade-Offs in the Russian Regions: Evidence from Four Case Studies

Europe-Asia Studies. 2013. Vol. 65. No. 10. P. 1855-1876.
Remington T. F., Soboleva I. V., Sobolev A. S., Urnov M.

Through case studies of four Russian regions, we examine the trade-offs between social and economic policy at  the  regional  level.  All  four  regions  studied  seek  to  stimulate  entrepreneurship  while  preserving  or expanding social welfare coverage. Regions differ in development strategies, some placing greater emphasis on indigenous business development and others seeking to attract outside investment. Variation in levels of democracy are unrelated to policy choices. All four regional governments consult actively with local business associations while organised labour is weak. The absence of effective institutions to enforce commitments undermines regional capacity to make social policy an instrument for long-term development.