Small Russian Town: Practices of Interaction between Municipal Autyorities and Business

Small Russian Town:
Practices of Interaction between Municipal Autyorities and Business

Chirikova A.E.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia

Ledyaev V.G.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Department of Sociology, HSE University, Moscow, Russia.

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Chirikova A.E., Ledyaev V.G. Small Russian Town: Practices of Interaction between Municipal Autyorities and Business. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 2. P. 3-15


The article presents the results of an empirical study conducted in 2011–2015 and 2018–2020. in four small towns in Russia. Materials of 133 in-depth interviews with representatives of city authorities and business are analyzed. Despite the policy of centralization, the relationship between local authorities and business remains diverse. Local business is poorly integrated and focuses mainly on informal interactions with local authorities. Changes in the period between the first and second stages of the study were not dramatic, and the degree of asymmetry in the relationship between local authorities and business did not undergo significant transformations.

business; government; municipality; small town


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