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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Staff in the Department of Russian

Publication details for Dr Konstantin Zamyatin

2017 'Power-sharing or Ethnic Domination? Ethnic Representation in the Republics of Russia in the Late 2000s – Early 2010s', Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 16, pp. 26-54

Author(s) from Durham


The paper explores political representation of the major ethnic groups in the
republics of Russia, in order to elucidate the role of ethnicity in regional politics
under an authoritarian turn in the late 2000s - early 2010s. To assess quantitative
data, the study develops a model to analyse patterns of ethnic representation. The
data analysis demonstrates that, at least in some republics, ethnicity was among the
major principles in power distribution and regional regimes seem to have relied in
managing diversity largely on either ethnic domination or on regional powersharing.
Based on a structural approach, the structural factors that contributed to
these outcomes are analysed, taking into account a range of variables that
characterize the ethnic situations of the republics and their political regimes. The
findings of this study point at the persistence of ethnic representation as a practice in
the formation of the republics’ officialdoms under the authoritarian regime.