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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Leo Granberg (University of Helsinki) & Ann-Mari Sätre (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Governments Meet Civil Society? Local Initiatives in Russia

The paper is about local initiatives in Russia in recent years. Russia still has Soviet-type NGOs, which play a role in local society and Russian leaders have expressed the needs of collaboration not only between administration and firms but also with the local population. Local political representation of people takes place mainly through deputies, who mediate between people and state power. It seems, however, evident that local problems cannot be solved in a satisfying way through these mechanisms. State programs and private charity funds offer opportunities for realizing local initiatives. Territorial self-governed organizations (TOS) have in recent years been established in some regions by citizens at their place of residence with or without government support. The paper handles these questions, takes up experiences from new local initiatives in Archangelsk Oblast, Nizhegorodskaya Oblast and Karelian Republic, and discusses what type of democracy they represent and what kind of cultural change this might indicate.