Regional Changes and Changing Regional Relations with the Centre
How have the regions changed politically since the early 1990s? What explains their different political evolutions? Despite the size and strength of the literature on Russia’s regional politics, almost no research has incorporated both crosssectional and temporal dimensions by contrasting the regions’ political trajectories (exceptions include Aksenov, Zinov’ev and Pleshchenko 2005). Change over time has been examined, but either for a single region or for ‘the regions’ as a whole (particularly their relations to the federal Centre). To study trajectories is to employ cross-sectional comparisons but with each case indicating how a region has changed over time. Regions’ economic, social and political trajectories since 1991 can reveal the processes that have produced change. They also may provide more insight into likely future developments than cross-sectional analyses alone.