The state and civil society in Post-Soviet Russia: The development of a Russian-style civil society

Sergej Ljubownikow*, Jo Crotty, Peter W. Rodgers

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Abstract

This article examines the development of civil society in Russia. We argue that cultural and societal norms, which developed during the Soviet period, have continued to shape civil society arrangements in the post-Soviet period. We examine how parallel to recent changes in Russia's economic, political and legal environment, shifts in Russia's contemporary civil society arrangements have occurred. We argue that, similar to a Russian-style democracy and market economy, Russian-style civil society arrangements are clearly emerging. These changes are explained by the cultural-historic legacies of both the Soviet Union and the subsequent peculiarities of Russia's economic, social and political transformations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In this Russian variant of civil society, its agents have developed and continue to maintain strong and dependent relationships on the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • civil society
  • Russia
  • semi-democratic regimes
  • Soviet legacy
  • state
  • third sector organizations

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