Maria Sakayeva
Articles by Maria Sakayeva

Regulating Everything: Businesspeople and Paperwork in Provincial Russia

According to the Regulatory Quality Indicator compiled by the World Bank, Russia occupies one of the lowest positions among Eastern European states. The unlimited power concentrated within Russian state agencies increases the vulnerability of small entrepreneurs, who suffer from a lack of financial, social, and human resources as compared to larger businesses. Under these circumstances, the political affiliation of entrepreneurs elected to regional parliaments and local councils becomes highly significant. Political status has the potential to reconstruct spaces of communication, modify sets of relations with regulatory agencies, and provide knowledge crucial for navigating the ocean of state regulation.

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