Российская модель федерализма. Проблемные точки и возможность модернизации
In this paper we study convergence among Russian regions. We find that while there was no convergence in 1990s, the situation changed dramatically in 2000s. While interregional GDP per capita gaps still persist, the differentials in incomes and wages decreased substantially. We show that fiscal redistribution did not play a major role in convergence. We therefore try to understand the phenomenon of recent convergence using panel data on the interregional reallocation of capital and labor. We find that capital market in Russian regions is integrated in a sense that local investment does not depend on local savings. We also show that economic growth and financial development has substantially decreased the barriers to labor mobility. We find that in 1990s many poor Russian regions were in a poverty trap: potential workers wanted to leave those regions but could not afford to finance the move. In 2000s (especially in late 2000s), these barriers were no longer binding. Overall economic development allowed even poorest Russian regions to grow out of the poverty traps. This resulted in convergence in Russian labor market; the interregional gaps in incomes, wages and unemployment rates are now below those in Europe. The results imply that economic growth and development of financial and real estate markets eventually result in interregional convergence.
About the Russian Federation Court System: its current state and future development prospects.The author analyses the current state of the Russian Court System and its future development prospects in the article. A whole number of measures concerning the Court System development is proposed. These measures include: clear definition of «the Court System» notion; organization of the separate second instance Courts for magistrates in the regional centres; the domestic constitutional justice arrangement; inter-regional and district Courts creation. The legality of restrictive provisions of distribution agreements under Russian civil legislation is frequently disputed by lawyers. However treatment of these provisions as an example of negative obligations may be used as an argument for their validity. Moreover the answer to the question, whether such provisions should be found as restricting legal capacity of the parties to the agreement or not, depends on the level of certainty of these provisions in the agreement.
development of the Court system; federalism; magistrates; Constitutional Сourt; specialization; inter-regional court; district court
distribution (distributorship) agreement, restrictive provisions, negative (passive) obligations, restriction of legal capacity
This article describes the results of sociological research on estimation of condition and development prospects of federalism in Russia, which was conducted by ZIRCON Research Group in January - May 2011. The opinion of population and elite groups of four regions about the foundations of Russian federalism development, administrative-territorial system of the Russian Federation and its principles, relations between subjects-regions and federative centre is presented. The results of the research indicate that at the moment a request for political and administrative autonomy of the subjects of the Federation is not obviously formulated by either citizens or regional elite groups. Regional identity is not a common phenomenon. The authors mark out necessary factors of federalism development: expansion of economic self-dependence of regions, existence of ethno-national or regional identity of citizens, democratization and decentralization.