restricted access NGOs, Policy Entrepreneurship and Child Protection in Russia: Pitfalls and Prospects for Civil Society


This article explores how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the protection of children living in state institutions interact with state actors in their policy networks and the extent to which such networks may offer these NGOs some scope to act as “policy entrepreneurs” with some degree of influence over the direction of policy development and practice in their area of expertise. It presents the results of empirical research on the activities of NGOs working with vulnerable children in St. Petersburg and Samara, which reveals the interactions between these organizations and the authorities to be a complex, multilayered process which, nevertheless, allows them some space for autonomy and the development of policy options.