Exceptions and rules : success stories and bad governance in Russia

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Gel'man , V 2021 , ' Exceptions and rules : success stories and bad governance in Russia ' , Europe - Asia Studies , vol. 73 , no. 6 , pp. 1080-1101 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2021.1933391

Title: Exceptions and rules : success stories and bad governance in Russia
Author: Gel'man, Vladimir
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute)
Date: 2021-07-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Europe - Asia Studies
ISSN: 0966-8136
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2021.1933391
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333463
Abstract: This essay is focused on the analysis of several success stories of state-directed developmental projects and programmes in Russia, which are designed and implemented amid conditions of bad governance. I argue that these success stories do not serve as exceptions to the general rules of bad governance but rather confirm its overall tendencies. The prioritisation of state support for successful projects and programmes is related to conspicuous consumption of material and symbolic benefits by the political leadership against the background of mediocre policy outcomes beyond the 'pockets of efficiency' intentionally designed by authorities. The analysis of several success stories related to technological development and the advancement of higher education addresses the questions of why they were short-lived and resulted in diminished returns and/or weak multiplicative effects. Thus, success stories become the other side of the coin for bad governance: these achievements are intertwined with the general trends of governing the state.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
Russian and Eurasian Studies
political institutions
5171 Political Science
political institutions
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
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