Anna A. Dekalchuk, Ivan S. Grigoriev, and Andrey Starodubtsev ( St. Petersburg Higher School of Economics).
Discussant: Sirke Mäkinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki) will be the discussant.
The paper explains how states and international governmental and non-governmental organizations (IOs) interact in the process of policy making by focusing on how this process unfolds in five countries of the former Soviet Union -- Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. More specifically, based on a series of in-depth interviews with the public servants, civic activists, academic experts and IO representatives conducted in these countries in 2019, we explore different patterns of state-IO interactions and explain what factors determine the formation of these patterns. We demonstrate that specific patterns of state-IOs relations arise from a combination of two country-level factors: institutional environment, which can be successfully characterized through adapting the model of political opportunity structure to describe civil society engagement; and a more rigid indicator of national regulation of international actors’ involvement into the policy process. However, we also show that the patterns of state-IOs relations are strongly mitigated by the intervening variable of the regime's resource endowment, and, as a result, differ not only in cross-nation, but also in cross-temporal perspectives.
Meeting ID: 689 9447 1210