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  • Некоммерческий сектор на рынке социальных услуг: к чему ведут полумеры либерализации социальной сферы в России (опыт Санкт-Петербурга)

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Некоммерческий сектор на рынке социальных услуг: к чему ведут полумеры либерализации социальной сферы в России (опыт Санкт-Петербурга)

The paper explores the changing nature of the nonprofits under the pressure of social policy transformation in contemporary Russia. Previously social NGOs were marginalized by federal and regional governments which tended to neglect them. But during recent several years they have started to favor social services delivered by NGOs while disregarding expressive and agenda setting role of civic organizations. Federal government expects social NGOs to assist in social policy and provision of certain services for social groups in need (children, women, veterans, disabled etc). The academic literature is either focused on the policy shaping at the federal level in order to understand the driving forces of the welfare state transformation or on the micro-level analysis of the cases of social provision and informal networks of support. The paper addresses the following questions: what difference this policy makes for two main parts of the “third” sector (“soviet” organizations and new civic associations)? How do NGOs respond to these changes and what strategies do they use to adapt to new settings? The analysis is mostly based on the empirical evidences from St. Petersburg.