Policy and Governance in Russia: Ideas and Discourses in Social Policymaking and Governance

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dc.contributor.author Khmelnitskaya, Marina
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-05T23:09:21Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-05T23:09:21Z
dc.date.issued 2020-06-24
dc.identifier.citation Khmelnitskaya , M 2020 , ' Policy and Governance in Russia: Ideas and Discourses in Social Policymaking and Governance ' , Russian Analytical Digest , vol. 254 , pp. 2-6 . https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000421074
dc.identifier.other PURE: 159766718
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-6394-5242/work/88208546
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326056
dc.description.abstract The article focusses on policy ideas as explanatory variables for understanding policymaking and governance in Russia. Following Schmidt’s definition of the ideational process as a ‘discourse’ in which actors promote their preferred policy ideas in competition with their opponents, the article argues that in Russia the character of discourses varies between three state levels: the President, ministerial bureaucracy and the regional & local levels. This variegated landscape of policy discourses involves the intensive communicative discourse of the Russian President, which seeks legitimation of main policy approaches with the public and provides signals for the lower level officials. The middle level of policy bureaucracy is characterised by a vigorous coordinative discourse in which officials and non-state experts defend their ideas and seek agreement on policy details. Finally, at the local level political communication and technical coordination of policy ideas coexist and involve, apart from the officials and experts, members of the public. The benefit of the ideas-based perspective on policy and governance in Russia is that it allows not only tracing the origins and evolution of various policy initiatives, but also seeing the sources of presidential popularity and regime flexibility associated with the accommodation of different ideational positions. The argument is illustrated with examples of policymaking in the social sphere, the Maternity Capital programme and the Moscow programme of housing renovation. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Russian Analytical Digest
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5171 Political Science
dc.subject Russian politics
dc.subject Social policy
dc.subject policy ideas
dc.subject Policymaking
dc.title Policy and Governance in Russia: Ideas and Discourses in Social Policymaking and Governance en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Non peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000421074
dc.relation.issn 1863-0421
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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