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Putting Nonprofits on the Policy Agenda of Post-Soviet Russia: A Story of Convergence

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2021. Vol. 50. No. 1. P. 213-234.

This article seeks to explain how a dramatic new program of financial and technical assists to nonprofit organizations managed to surface on the active policy agenda of Russia’s government between 2009 and 2013 at precisely the same time the Russian government was suppressing foreign-funded nonprofit organizations as “foreign agents” and earning for itself a reputation as the perpetrators of a “global associational counter-revolution.” To answer this question, the article brings to bear the multiple streams framework (MSF) widely used to explain policy-agenda-formation in the United States and other countries and finds it sheds useful light on the agenda-setting dynamics recently at work in the evolution of government–nonprofit relations in Russia and, possibly, in other transitional societies.