Creating Organisational Strength from Operationalising Restrictions: Welfare Non-profit Organisations in the Russian Federation

Jo Crotty, Sergej Ljubownikow

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Abstract

The work of non-profit organisations (NPOs) in non-democratic country contexts tends to be judged on their contribution to the democratisation process rather than the activities they undertake. This neglects the potential impact NPOs have on societies within such contexts. In this study, we highlight that NPOs can influence public policy deployment in the Russian Federation even if they cannot affect public policy itself. By operationalising the very restrictions placed upon them, NPOs use their relationships with the state to effect change within their immediate environment and scope of their operational remit, even if they cannot hold authorities to account or influence policy development. The key to this is strong organising capabilities and engagement with the Russian public. We reflect on the implications of our findings to the understanding of civil society development and NPOs in Russia and in other similar non-democratic contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Early online date15 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Hybrid regimes
  • Russia
  • NPOs

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