Urban governance in Russia: the case of Moscow territorial development and housing renovation

Marina Khmelnitskaya, Emmirosa Ihalainen

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This paper considers how the tensions inherent in authoritarian politics structure urban governance in the city of Moscow. The specific focus is on the policy of urban development and the programme of housing renovation introduced in 2017. The paper demonstrates a flexible governance arrangement, which responds to the interests and ideas of the country leadership, and involves the city-level bureaucratic decision-making, accommodation of economic interests and expert opinion, and consultations with the public. The latter have become more significant because of intensive protests paired with the belief in participatory urban governance on the part of the city administration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Number of pages27
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Russian Politics
  • Governance
  • Moscow
  • public participation
  • Public policy

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