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Strategies and mechanisms of stability in multilevel political systems

Priority areas of development: humanitarian
2019

Goal of research

To analyze the mechanisms of stability in multilevel systems in terms of their relevance for key political actors, as well as to reveal the conditions of their effectiveness for ensuring stable systems functioning, in the context of particular policies and sociopolitical processes at different levels (supranational, national, regional and local).

Methodology

The project is based on the combination of quantitative methods (structural equation modeling, various techniques of regression analysis and descriptive statistics) and qualitative methods (analysis of the interviews, documents and secondary sources), as well as on several research strategies: large-N quantitative studies, comparative analysis and case-studies.

Empirical base of research

During the project the research team have collected, depending on the component of the project, several original databases based on primary and secondary sources (the cross-national database on open government policy implementation, cross-regional databases on the judicial reform, business-state relations and social services outsourcing,), as well as the collection of interviews, legal acts and official documents.

Results of research

The oretical explanation of sustainability and stability deficit in multilevel political systems, and factors of their emergence (coordination deficit between political process actors, interests and preference divergence, lack of mutual trust between political process actors, inability to ensure credible commitment etc.). Mechanisms of these and other factors’ impact are demonstrated on various empirical cases: in case of social services outsourcing and judicial reform on the regional level, as well as open government reforms in the context of improving governance. Furthermore, the issues of the balance of power and stability were analyzed in the context of regional (case of the business-state relations) and supranational political systems (case of the Eurasian Economic Union).

Level of implementation, recommendations on implementation or outcomes of the implementation of the results

Results of the project can be used in lectures on Comparative Politics, Political Regional Studies and Regional Integration, at BA and MA level. Furthermore, the results can be used as policy recommendations for the authorities of the Russian Federation, e.g. in the spheres of regional development and regional governance enhancement, social policy and the Eurasian integration.

Publications:


Busygina I. Are post-Soviet leaders doomed to be populist? A comparative analysis of Putin and Nazarbayev // European Politics and Society. 2019. Vol. 20. No. 4. P. 502-518. doi
Dekalchuk A. A., Grigoriev I. Generational Belonging, Urban Activism, and the Transition to Local Politics: The Case of Sosnoviy Bor // Politics and Society. 2019. 
Dekalchuk A. A., Grigoriev I. Skateboarding together: Generational Civic Activism and Non-Transition to Politics in Sosnoviy Bor // Глава в книгу "Urban Activism in Russia" (IU Press). 2019. 
Fuks N., Kabanov Y. Open Government and Quality of Governance: Does OGP Make Any Difference?, in: Digital Transformation and Global Society: 4th International Conference, DTGS 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19–21, 2019, Revised Selected Papers. Cham : Springer, 2019. С. 120-129. 
Grigoriev I., Zhirkov K. Do political connections make businesspeople richer? Evidence from Russia, 2003–2010 // Research and Politics. 2020. Vol. 7. No. 4. P. 1-6. doi
Fuks N., Kabanov Y. The Impact of Open Government on the Quality of Governance: Empirical Analysis, in: Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia 6th International Conference, EGOSE 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia, November 13–14, 2019. Proceedings. Cham : Springer, 2020. С. 116-124. 
Tarasenko A. Regional Patterns of Outsourcing of Social Services in Russia / ГУ ВШЭ. Series WP BRP Series "Public and Social Policy". 2019.