CIVIL SOCIETY AS A RESOURSE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIA

Sravnitelʹnaâ Politika. 2013;4(3(13)):74-97 DOI 10.18611/2221-3279-2013-4-3(13)-74-97

 

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Journal Title: Sravnitelʹnaâ Politika

ISSN: 2221-3279 (Print); 2412-4990 (Online)

Publisher: Jurist, Publishing Group

Society/Institution: Institute of socio-economic and political researches

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Russian Federation

Language of fulltext: Russian, English

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AUTHORS

Boris I. Makarenko (Высшая школа экономики)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

The article is based on research on civil society in Russia conducted for the Committee of Civil Initiatives by the Centre of Political Technologies in June-July 2013. It compares the Western model of civil society with its understanding in non-Western nations. The author analyses historical evolution of the Russian society and provides assessment of its current standing. He concludes that non-governmental organisations and civil activities in Russia develop under conditions of low mutual trust among the population and between society and state. The lack of trust of governmental bodies to civil initiatives is clearly reflected in the latest legislation on “foreign agents”. The remaining unfavourable conditions are likely to continue to hinder progress of Russian civil society for the years to come. The foundation for the research created the data from surveys, in-depth interviews and group discussions.