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University of Bielefeld

Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant

Dealing With Conflicting Institutional Demands: NGO Strategies and Transforming Political Periphery in Russia


During the last decade the relationship between the state and the „third sector“ (especially NGO's) in Russia has undergone massive restructuring. The measures of state regulation such as the so-called "NGO-law" of 2006, "foreign agents law" of 2012 and "undesired organizations law" of 2015 are instances of attempts not only to subject NGOs to stronger control, but also to separate "useful" from "dangerous" organizations from the legislator's viewpoint. The research project focuses on the resulting (re-)arrangements in the NGO-field in terms of re-shaping the political periphery in Russia. Specifically, the project will study survival strategies of NGOs in the wake of the 2012 foreign agents law and the way they cope with conflicting institutional demands in their environment.

Anna Skripchenko is a doctoral student at the University of Bielefeld, where she has received her M.A. in Sociology with focus on Organization Studies. She has been interested in organizational effects of new public management reforms on organizations of higher education in Europe and in organizational effects of quantification in general. Her M.A. thesis dealt with structural implications of use of quantitative indicators in university management.Since May 2015 she has been working at the Department for Comparative Research on Democracies at Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (University of Bonn), studying the organizational dimension of political inclusion and organizational survival of NGOs on example of Russia.

Moser, E., Skripchenko, A. (2018): Russian NGOs and Their Struggle for Legitimacy in the Face of the ‘Foreign Agents’ Law: Surviving in Small Ecologies, in: Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 70, Issue 4: The Carrot or the Stick? Constraints and Opportunities of Russia’s CSO Policy, pp. 591-614.


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