Chapter 3: Environmental civil society through Russian eyes: stakeholder views
In an effort to understand to what extent Russia’s civil society is poised to exercise greater influence on both environmental policy and democracy, we undertook a survey of 100 government leaders and NGO officials regarding prospects for environmental reform. The survey featured both open-and close-ended questions that queried respondents on their perception of current Russian environmental policy (Appendices A and B contain the survey results and a complete list of questions). We focused upon significant environmental legislation; the perceived importance of various environmental issues; the environmental commitment of political parties; factors thought to influence environmental decisions–including the influence of NGOs; the reliability of environmental information generated by the state; the influences of corruption, lobbying, public opinion, the courts and regulatory bodies on public policy; and the importance of personality in affecting policy outcomes. This chapter discusses the findings of this survey.
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