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Interest Representation and Social Policy Making: Russian Veterans’ Organisations as Brokers between the State and Society

Europe-Asia Studies. 2016. Vol. 68. No. 1. P. 138-163.
Kulmala M., Tarasenko A.

The essay investigates how Russian veterans’ organisations represent the concerns of their constituency visà-vis the Russian state. An interest group approach is applied to investigate the ‘brokering’ function exercised by veterans’ organisations to lobby on behalf of their constituency. The analysis is based on the study of selected veterans’ organisations in Karelia and St Petersburg. The research finds that veterans’ organisations operate in a restricted environment, though our analysis shows that their agency has mattered, largely due to their political connections. The investigation reveals those mechanisms through which Russian veterans’ organisations act as brokers.