Michael Rochlitz presented his recently published book on Federalism in China and Russia at seminars in two Russian cities. The seminar in Khabarovsk on October 3 was organized by the Economic Research Institute of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The event in St. Petersburg was hosted by the Higher School of Economics, and also featured a presentation of a book by Andrey Starodubtsev (HSE) “Federalism and Regional Policy in Contemporary Russia”.
The book by Michael Rochlitz and Alexander Libman (LMU Munich) offers a comparative analysis of center-region relations in Russia and in China. The authors focus in particular on fiscal ties and incentives, bureaucratic and local government practices, flows of information, and the determinants of divergence between both countries.