Politics of Open Data in Russia: Regional and Municipal Perspectives
The study is devoted to the development of open government data (OGD) policy in Russia, its regions and citites. We argue that although OGD is a potential driver of citizen participation and smart city innovations, these effects can be interfered with by political, institutional, socio-economic (structural) factors, as well as by agency. We use a mixed quantitative – qualitative methodology, and data gathered within the Infometer project, to unveil the determinants of OGD success and failure. Our findings suggest that although some general patterns can be traced, agency as a motivation to innovate plays a crucial role.