Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Women in public administration and gendered institutional logics in Russia

Fri31  Mar03:00pm(15 mins)
James Watt South Room 355


Valeriya Utkina1
1 University of Helsinki, Finland


This paper focuses on leadership strategies of Russia’s female public servants and identifies internal and external factors that affect women’s inclusion in public policy making and policy implementation on regional and local levels. The analysis is based on a series of in-depth interviews with women working in public administration bodies in Moscow and Vladivostok. Its primary goal is to unveils gendered discriminatory practices and examines different formations of gender order in Russia’s public administration. Consequently, the emphasis placed on the often invisible aspects of political institutions – in particular, the informal dynamic in executive and bureaucratic realms, as well as career strategies of public servants – to highlight the influence informal gendered regimes and practices have on institutional design and outcomes. Examining gendered hierarchies in Russia's public administration, the study contributes to understanding not just institutional continuity but also institutional change in post-Soviet Russia.