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Публичная политика в гибридных режимах: обзор исследований

This review systemizes contemporary, mostly foreign, academic literature, devoted to the development of
public policy in hybrid and authoritarian regimes, as well as to the interaction of citizens, civic associations
and authorities within the process of public policy-making. The academic interest in this topic is growing,
mostly due to the development of participatory practices in non-democracies, especially in China, which is
now becoming a popular object of analysis. The researchers emphasize the constant transformation of the
Chinese public policy and a variety of participation channels, open for citizens, non-profit organizations and
expert communities. It gives an opportunity to adapt existing Western theories to the analysis of hybrid regimes,
as well as to develop a new conceptual apparatus. Despite the significant growth of theoretical and
empirical knowledge on that topic, the research agenda still has some avenues for development. Firstly, an
important issue is the analysis of institutional effects of citizen participation, the interrelation of its information,
legitimation and imitation functions in a non-democratic context. Secondly, it is also relevant to study
the success factors of such initiatives, and their potential both as a source of regime stability and public policy
democratization. In the review we attempt to formulate these problems and possible empirical ways to
deal with them. In particular, a promising step could be the application of models and hypotheses, derived
from the Chinese case, to other countries, as well as to cross-national comparative studies.