New Perspectives on Russia and Eurasia

Highway in Moscow


This series of research seminars and open lectures sheds light on the recent and current phenomena related to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. It provides deep scholarly information on social, political and cultural issues of today, but also about their background and the processes leading to them.  The scholars presenting their research are members of the Aleksanteri Institute's staff and researchers from its network from PhD students to renowned international academics. 

NB! The NPR research seminar is, for the time being, collaborating with  the ElMaRB (Electoral Malpractice, Cyber Security and Political Consequences in Russia and Beyond) seminar series. The seminar remains open and free for everyone interested. Please see the ElMaRB blogsite for more upcoming events!


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.

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 689 9447 1210
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