Environmental Conflicts and Direct Democracy

The project aims to study the mechanisms of interaction between the public and the authorities in eco-politics, and the evolution of these mechanisms from a social-historical perspective since the beginning of the 1980s in the USSR/Russia. The change in legislation and practices of local protest referenda were analysed in detail. In the course of analysis the following tasks were defined: to track the dynamics and thematics of referenda; to analyse the reasons for their initialisation; to uncover the factors determining the success or failure of referenda and how the result gives value to the institution of direct democracy in Russia. The research was initialised as development of the project “Environmental Impact Assessment System and the Practice of Public Participation in the Russian Federation” (2002- 2004, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation).

Initiative project.