Politics of Open Data in Russia: Regional and Municipal Perspectives

  • Yury Kabanov
  • Mikhail Karyagin
  • Viacheslav Romanov
Part of the Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements book series (ACHS)


The study is devoted to the development of open government data (OGD) policy in Russia, its regions and cities. We argue that although OGD are a potential driver of citizen participation and smart city innovations, these effects can be interfered with by political, institutional, socio-economic (structural) factors, as well as by agency. We use a mixed quantitative—qualitative methodology, and data gathered within the Infometer project, to unveil the determinants of OGD success and failure. Our findings suggest that although some general patterns can be traced, agency as a motivation to innovate plays a crucial role.


Open data E-democracy Online engagement E-participation Smart city Russia Regions of Russia Comparative analysis Neoinstitutionalism 



The paper was prepared within the framework of the Academic Fund Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2016 (grant №16-05-0059) and supported within the framework of a subsidy granted to the HSE by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yury Kabanov
    • 1
  • Mikhail Karyagin
    • 1
  • Viacheslav Romanov
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.InfometerSt. PetersburgRussia

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