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Issue ¹1, 2018
Sulimov K. A. Systems of consultative and advisory bodies in contempopary
Russia as institutional conditions for co-governance: between unification
The article examines the institutional conditions for co-governance in contemporary
Russia. In the country, there is a set of extremely numerous and various consultative
and advisory bodies. These bodies take the role of consultative institutions,
whose members represent the society and are affiliated to the government
directly or implicitly. Consultative and advisory bodies are in the focus of academic
and expert, as well as state interest. The federal center implements a unifying
policy promoting their subjectivity (agency). However, this policy concerns only
some segments of the set of consultative and advisory bodies, and hence is selective.
This selectivity frames the structure of the bodies. The article claims that the
key condition for ensuring the productivity of consultative and advisory bodies is
the subjectivity of stakeholders as members of these institutions. A case study of
regional consultative and advisory bodies in inter-ethnic affairs demonstrates various
ways of developing subjectivity.
Key words: consultative and advisory bodies; public councils; co-governance; public
administration; subjectivity/agency; mechanisms of interaction.
Contents of issue ¹1, 2018