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Federal Bargaining in Post-Soviet Russia :a comparative study on moscow's negotiations with Tatarstan and Bashkortostan [Electronic resource] / Deniz Yalçın, Supervisor Assist. Prof. Dr. Oktay F. Tanrısever

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2005
Yalçın, Deniz
The objective of this thesis is to examine the nature of federal bargaining in post-Soviet Russia by comparing Moscow̕s negotiations with Russia̕s two oil-rich republics in the Middle Volga: Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. In particular, the thesis attempts to explain how Bashkortostan was able to gain autonomy from Moscow that is very close to the level of autonomy enjoyed by Tatarstan, despite the fact that Bashkortostan is clearly in a disadvantageous position when compared to Tatarstan and the Bashkorts form only the third largest ethnic group in the Republic after the Russians and the Tatars. The central hypothesis of this thesis is that sometimes the relatively disadvantageous party in federal bargaining might be given more autonomy not because of its bargaining power, but because of the general bargaining strategy of the federal center. Therefore this thesis is an attempt to understand how Moscow, fearing that Tatarstan might emerge as the hegemonic power in the Middle Volga, sought to strengthen the position of Bashkortostan against Tatarstan, and how the success of the Bashkort political elite to manipulate the weaknesses of Moscow in the post-Soviet arena provided Bashkortostan with more or less same degree of autonomy compared to that of Tatarstan̕s.