Flexible authoritarian governance in Russia

The politics of ideas on family policy

Version 1.1, published: Feb. 23, 2023

Open Access

Ulla Pape

Main category: Social Policy
Marina Khmelnitskaya, Ulla Pape, Ann-Mari Sätre (2023): Flexible authoritarian governance in Russia, v. 1.1, Discuss Data, <doi:10.48320/AEEF0049-4A02-4BDA-8A86-ADB1B460B7B1>.


This data set accompanies the article "Flexible authoritarian governance in Russia. The politics of ideas on family policy". It includes primary data that shed light onto the governance processes on family policies in present-day Russia. The article studies the question how of family policies are negotiated at different levels of the political system in authoritarian Russia.

Our analysis is based on the original model of ‘nested discursive governance’ focusses on policy ideas and two institutional types of policy discourses: communicative and coordinative, and demonstrates the mechanism of governance which balances out different ideational positions across the governance levels.

The benefit of the ideas-based perspective on policy and governance in Russia is that it allows not only to trace the origins and evolution of various policy initiatives, but also to see the sources of presidential popularity and regime flexibility associated with the accommodation of different ideational positions. We demonstrate the applicability of this argument with the analysis of policymaking in the social sphere, in particular an array of measures aimed at women with an objective of increasing birthrates and providing family income support, often described as ‘family policy’.




Social Policy Public Governance Official Discourse Family Policy

Language of data

English Russian


Political Science Public Administration Sociology

Methods of data collection

Document Analysis Interviews

Methods of data analysis

Quantitative Content Analysis