New Article by Katharina Bluhm and Sabine Kropp on the asymmetric ressource exchange between state and business in Russian Regions
News from Mar 20, 2023
Bluhm, Katharina and Sabine Kropp (2023): Introduction to the symposium “Asymmetrical resource exchange. Business, state and social welfare provision in Russian regions”. East European Politics, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2023.2183498.
Abstract: The introduction to the Symposium reassesses the role of companies as social welfare providers in Russia. Different from the mainstream, which has focused on the bilateral relations of the Russian state authorities either with civil society actors or with companies, this introductory article reconsiders the dynamics resulting from the interactions of companies with both the state authorities and NPOs. The introduction reveals how Russian companies influence the scope and nature of their involvement in social welfare provision. It summarises the four articles, which together show that social investments are part of a strategic response with which companies aim to preserve flexibility in an increasingly rigid authoritarian regime.