Nonprofit Influence on Public Policy Exploring Nonprofit Advocacy in Russia

S Ljubownikow, Jo Crotty

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This paper examines the advocacy tactics of Russian nonprofits. While Russian nonprofits and their activities have been widely researched, specific insight into their use of advocacy tactics remains limited. In this paper we address this gap by broadening the understanding of how Russian nonprofits engage in advocacy. To do so we engage both Mosley’s (2012) indirect/insider framework and qualitative data collected from health and education nonprofits (HEnonprofits) in three Russian industrial regions. We demonstrate that Russian HEnonprofits, while having access to various advocacy tactics, fail to employ them effectively. They are instead used for organizational maintenance and case/client advocacy. In conclusion, we discuss a potential typology of advocacy tactics in Russia, the usefulness of Mosley’s framework in this context and the implications of the failure to advocate for democratization within the Russian Federation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-332
JournalNon-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date21 Apr 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Apr 2015


  • nonprofit advocacy
  • policy influence
  • democratization
  • Russia

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