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Constitutional Reform and the Value of Social Citizenship

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Regina Smyth Professor, Department of Political Science, The College of Arts + Science, Indiana University Bloomington, IN USA

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Sarah Wilson Sokhey Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder, CO USA

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Abstract

Viewed through the lens of social policy, Russia’s 2020 constitutional reform codifies existing priorities without addressing the issues that have fragmented the meaning of social citizenship. Placing these changes in theoretical and historical context, we identify the core causes of inequity in the social welfare system, the sustained gap between state promises, and Russians’ lived experience. Our case studies highlight the sources of shared social grievances and the obstacles to national collective action that maintain stability in the facing of increased localized protest actions. We conclude by emphasizing the importance of observing the opposing forces of continuity and change in Russian politics as they define and redefine the meaning of social citizenship.

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