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Ветеранские организации как заинтересованные группы: возможности и ограничения клиентелизма для защиты социальных прав в регионах России

Кулмала М.
The article investigates how systematically the Russian veterans’ organizations represent the concerns of their constituencies vis-à-vis the Russian state, the role of which has been constantly diminished in social provision. The concept of “brokers” is applied to understand and reveal the mechanisms of interaction with politicians and bureaucrats and the logic of communication. We build on the selected veterans’ organizations in two Russian regions: Karelia and St. Petersburg. It is clear that the veterans’ organizations operate in a restricted environment, but out analysis shows that their agency has mattered, largely due to the political connections and federalism in social policy.