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Issue ¹1, 2017
Shevtsova I. K. “We Will Help Local Authorities – Local Authorities
Will Help Us”: Patron-client Relations and Control under Private Firms
In order to control private business in socially significant spheres local authorities often
prefer using the strategy of capture. However, even under favorable conditions
these strategies are not always implemented. Author argues that local authorities tend
to refuse of exploiting the power strategies when desired control under private firms
can be achieved by more mutually beneficial and less costly patron-client relations.
The research is based on 14 interviews with businessmen (managers and owners),
working in Perm’s housing service sphere. Temporal limits of the data collection are
Spring 2013 – Fall 2014.
Key words: control under private firms; patron-client relations; patronage; local authorities.
Contents of issue ¹1, 2017