Policy Impact of Civil Society in BRICS countries: Best Practices Infl uencing Policy-Making. Academic Papers of the Interactive International Conference "Policy Impact of Civil Society in BRICS countries: Best Practices Infl uencing Policy-Making”, Moscow, May 19, 2015
This small book is a result of the joint Project “Policy Impact of Civil Society in BRICS countries” by Public Policy Department of National Research University Higher School of Economics and “Interlegal” International Foundation, supported by International Organization OXFAM as a part of the EU funded academic research, namely “Empowering CSO Networks in an unequal Multi- polar world”. The successful completion of the project was made possible through collaboration of the “Interlegal” Foundation with BRICS experts and various NGO networks - both in Russian Federation and International ones - analyzing at the ground level the civil society activities in the BRICS countries. The book explores the effectiveness and impact of the civil societies in these fi ve countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in its infl uence on the state policy evaluation and implementation. Capacity of civil society of designing policy agendas in different fi elds of governance is also been assessed.
This book shall be interesting and be of educational value to both researchers and practitioners of civil society, looking to learn from comparative analysis of different practices of citizen self-organization, and to a broader research community, interested in comparison of the BRICS countries and their societies.
In 2010th protest publics became an important driver of political change both in authoritarian and democratic states. “Indignados”, “Arab spring”, #Occupy movement” in USA (and worldwide), protests in Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, Venezuela, Ukraine – all these events has been happening from December, 2010, till today – in Bangkok, Caracas, Kiev. The main goal of the research is to evaluate the protest publics’ impact as drivers of political changes in Brazil (time period is from June 2013 till March 2014). So, as the focus of the research is what protest publics have changed in political process during these periods of time and what status quo of different drivers (factors and actors) we had had before them (especially socio-economic ones); to show both the reasons and the results of the protest publics activities. Empirical base of research consist of information of two types: socio-economic and political statistics (World Bank, OECD, IMF; Freedom House and Transparency international rankings; World Values Survey Data); expert interviews with the specialists and scholars that study the protest movements in Br