| FNI PROJECTS
Federal Russian Politics: Modernizing Northern Economies
This project studies the theoretical scope and
practical accomplishments of federal Russian authorities in modernizing
important northern industries such as shipbuilding and offshore technology
(including developments in the Northern Fleet), mining and metallurgy, as well
The project also studies federal policies for the
North more widely and includes a macroeconomic analysis of the relationship
between Moscow and the north-western federal subjects.
While the study's
main emphasis is on Murmansk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, it is not limited to
these federal subjects.
The point of departure is that the Soviet legacy
implies structural features that leave Russian industry in need of change.
'Modernization' has become something of a catchphrase in Russian politics under
President Medvedev, but we approach the term analytically, investigating what
it means in Russian political discourse and practice.
In the four
sub-studies on federal policies for the North in general and in the
three chosen sectors we combine political science, historical, economic,
legal and geographical competence. We ask how the sector has traditionally been
governed and what traces of the Soviet heritage are still visible. What is the
legal point of departure, and how is current policy reflected in official
documents and statements by decision makers? To what extent can policy be
characterized as top-down, i.e. ruling by decree or by introducing regulatory
and other incentives to induce enterprises to behave as desired by federal
Further, we look at economic realities in the North-West.
To what extent are federal policies implemented? Are the objectives established
by federal authorities achieved? Is federal political action sufficient to
change economic realities on the ground? Is there any evidence that
Soviet-style 'rule by decree' has been accompanied by political and economic
liberalization aimed at spurring change from the bottom
Project leader: Geir
and Geir Hønneland, 'In cod we trust: Konjunkturer
i det norsk-russiske fiskerisamarbeidet' ('In Cod We Trust: Trends in
Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Relations'). Nordisk Østforum,
Vol 27, No 4, 2013, pp. 353-376. In Norwegian.
|Related focal points of
Arctic and Russian
Research Council of Norway,
|Recent media coverage
presser russisk industri til modernisering' ('The Market Forces Russian
Industry to Modernize'), Research Council of Norway News,
01.10.2013. In Norwegian.
'Flukten fra Murmansk' ('Escaping Murmansk'),
Syd-Varanger Avis, 29.11.2012. In Norwegian. Page 1.