Regional practices of business and the authorities interaction (the Russian North-West case)

Bozhkov O.B., Ignatova S.N. Regional practices of business and the authorities interaction (the Russian North-West case) // The Russian Peasant Studies. 2017. V.2. №1. pp. 115-130.

DOI: 10.22394/2500-1809-2017-2-1-115-130


The coordination of interests, cooperation and confrontation between the local authorities  and business within the rural society play an important role in the development  of rural Russia. The authors believe that the function of creating the rural business climate  belongs to the regional authorities, while the local self-government lacks the levers  of interaction with entrepreneurs. The success of entrepreneurial activities in agriculture  is determined both by the strategy of local (and regional) leaders in the industry,  and by human and social capital of rural enterprises’ managers. There is an obvious  “patrimonial” model of management, in which the head of the district develops an internal  policy based on one’s own goals and objectives with an eye on the regional requirements.  This policy either encourages the development of agriculture at the local level,  or only supports its preservation without any prospects for growth. Such conclusions  are based on the results of long-term studies in the peripheral agricultural areas of  non-Black-Earth regions of the Russian Federation. Despite the territorial proximity and  similarity of geography and climate, each area under study has its own strategy for the  development of agricultural business. Thus, the most interesting and various practices  can be observed at the district level due to the specific conditions for the local agricultural  enterprises. The authors confirmed their initial assumption that it is necessary  to conduct a typological analysis of territories and to form clusters of similar (in many  ways) areas to develop a single model of rural development for the Russian Federation. 


ocal authorities, business environment, agricultural production, practices of interaction

About the authors

Bozhkov Oleg B., Senior Researcher, Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Head of the Research Center “Biographical Foundation”. 190005, Saint Petersburg, 7 Krasnoarmeiskay St., 25/14.
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Ignatova Svetlana N., Researcher, Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 190005, St. Petersburg, 7 Krasnoarmeiskay st., 25/14.
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