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In January 30-31, 2002, scientific-practical conference Political and Legal Foundations of Federalism in the USA and Russia took place. Organizers of the conference are the Kazan Institute of Federalism and the Institute of State and Law RAS with support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.




There are both specifically Russian, and problems having analogues in the international practice in the relations of the federal Center with the subjects of the Russia Federation. That is why next problems were analyzed on this conference:

  • Conceptual bases (strategies) of federalism in the USA and Russia
  • Constitutional and law status of the subjects of federation in the USA and Russia.
  • Judicial system in the USA and Russia
  • Tax structure
  • Local autonomy

The purpose of the conference is to show, on the basis of the comparative analysis of experience of Russia and USA to, how above-mentioned problems are most effectively solved in federative states, and to offer possible ways to overcome the collisions appearing in relations between Center and regions in Russia taking in mind the most successful international and Russian experience. Scholars from the USA, Moscow, Orenburg and Kazan participated in the conference.


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Meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Russia Alexander Vershbow took place in March 7, 2002 in the Kazan Institute of Federalism.


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In April 4-5, 2002, the scientific seminars Education in Polycultural Society and Federative and Interethnic Realtions took place in the conference hall of the Institute of History of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (TAS). American scholars from Delegation of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Prof. Leokadia Drobijeva, the Director of the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the members of the Kazan Department of Education, Kazan scholars of the Institute of History of the TAS, of the Institute of Language, Literature and Art of the TAS, of Kazan State University, of Kazan State Technological University took part in working of the seminars.


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November, 28-29, 2002, the scientific conference Federative relations, regional development and federal regions was organized in the National Cultural Center "Kazan" by the Kazan Institute of Federalism and the Center of Strategic Researches of the Privoljsk Federal Region (Nijniy Novgorod) with support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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