Электронное общественное участие в России: технология или институт, соло или дуэт?
Public participation is an integral attribute of modern public governance, designed to optimize the search for an effective solution and increase the likelihood of its implementation. Today, in the practice of public participation and co-production within the framework of public administration in Russia, electronic platforms are actively used, the analysis of which this work is devoted to. The article explores e-participation platforms in Russia and aimed to answer two research questions. The first question is whether e-participation platforms in Russia represents the autonomous institution to involve citizens into decision-making process or the platforms are the front-end technology which duplicate the existing processes in public administration. The second question is if the agenda discussed at three e-platforms we explored reflects the most pressing socio-economic problems of citizens, and to what extant the citizens can influence it. Three e-participation platforms from three different areas have been explored to answer research questions (Moscow, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Voronezh). The article shows that e-participation platforms we explored represents front-end technology for citizens’ right to apply to state authorities using WWW and receive a response, but the results of such a voting could not be used as the rationale for the official decision making as per Russian legislation. At the same time the topics discussed at the platforms does not reflect the most pressing socio-economic issues of the citizens and the last has no influence on the agenda and the alternatives for voting. The power of citizens is limited to vote\no vote on the agenda provided by state authorities. The article assumed the situation reflects the early stage of adopting e-tools in public participation in Russia focusing on learning and education.