We kindly invite all interested students and scholars to join the discussion of the book proposal by professor Irina Busygina and professor Mikhail Filippov "Book Title: Non-Democratic Federalism and Decentralization: Stability, Dynamics and ReformsSubtitle: Lessons from Post-Soviet Countries", which will take place on March 26 at 18:00 (Moscow time) in an online format. To join the discussion, please contact Anna Tarasenko (email@example.com).
Book proposal summary: Our book challenges the common perception of authoritarian regimes as incompatible with federalism/federal practices and decentralization. We focus on several cases, namely post-Soviet countries, where federal institutions and various forms of decentralization have become integral parts of non-democratic political regimes. We describe how these regimes have managed to exploit federalism and decentralization as useful instruments to help them to preserve control, avoid political instability and shift blame to the regional authorities in times of crises and policy failures. Most recently the post-Soviet authoritarian regimes have exploited federal arrangements and policy decentralization to avoid public disapproval and accountability during the coronavirus crisis.