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The Art of the State to Intervene: Insights Into Agricultural Land Management in Russia
- Griewald, Yuliana
- Ecological economics 2018 v.151 pp. 1-9
- agricultural land, farmers, farms, land management, planning, qualitative analysis, Russia
- In Soviet Russia, an agricultural directive could pass 30 management levels on its way from the central government to the farm. Central planning impeded the adaptation of agricultural practices to the local social-ecological contexts and virtually eliminated self-accountability in agriculture. Focusing on contemporary Russia, the paper examines how the state currently influences farmers' land management and how this subtle mode of intervention aligns with the local context. Qualitative research in the Western Siberian Grain Belt reveals that the state-designed institutions guide land management in a politically desirable direction. They aim for virtually unlimited agricultural growth and largely misalign with the social-ecological conditions of grain farms.