Electronic “Pockets of Effectiveness”: E-governance and Institutional Change in St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Yury Kabanov
  • Andrei V. Chugunov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10428)


The paper explores the patterns and factors of e-governance development in ineffective institutional settings. Although it is assumed that most of e-projects in such countries failed, we argue that in some contexts such initiatives can survive in the hostile environment and achieve relatively positive results, leading to limited institutional changes. We adapt the pockets of effectiveness framework in order to analyze the Our Petersburg portal (St. Petersburg, Russia). Our findings suggest that such electronic “pockets” may emerge as a deliberate policy of the political elite in an attempt to make institutions work properly. The key factors of such projects’ success relate to agency, namely the political patronage and control, policy entrepreneurship, as well as organization autonomy and the power of the initiative.


E-government E-governance Institutional change Pockets of effectiveness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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