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State Capture in the Russian Regions
‘State capture’ is a term widely used in economic literature to describe the phenomenon whereby powerful self-interested business elites influence the state in order to shape the legal, policy and regulatory environment in their own interests. The interests of the elites often contradict those of the societies and national economies. As a result, the output of small businesses and regional retail turnover significantly decrease with an increase in state capture.

This project carried out by CEFIR researchers analyzes state capture at the regional level in Russia, including the following key issues:

  • How does regulatory capture affect growth?
  • How does the effect «state capture» depend on the identity of the captor?
  • How have the overall level of state capture and the balance of power between different interest groups changed during Yeltsin’s and Putin’s presidencies at the regional level?

Working Papers:

State Capture: From Yeltsin to Putin
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Evgeny Yakovlev
(Previous draft: WP52, October 2005)

State Capture in a Federation
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Evgeny Yakovlev
(Previous draft: August 2005)

State Capture And Controlling Owners Of Firms
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Evgeny Yakovlev
June 2004

Laws for Sale: An Empirical Study of the Effects of Regulatory Capture
Irina Slinko, Evgeny Yakovlev, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya
March 2003 (New version: August 2004)
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