Izvestiya of Saratov University.
ISSN 1994-2540 (Print)
ISSN 2542-1956 (Online)

public services

Influence of Consumers on Improving the Quality of Electronic State Services

Introduction. The article examines the process of migration of public services to the Internet space, taking into account the development of new information and communication technologies. Theoretical analysis. The process of interaction between users of a single portal of public services with government agencies providing these services has been studied.

Opportunistic Behavior in a Public-Private Partnership: the Case of Diverging Partners’ Interests in Tariff Setting in Kazakhstan

Introduction. The article aims to investigate the forms of partners’ opportunistic behavior in a public-private partnership (PPP). The article highlights key features of a PPP that involves construction and operation of a railroad in Eastern Kazakhstan. Research methodology. This qualitative study employs in-depth interviews as a principal data collection method. Theoretical framework. The article’s theoretical underpinnings stem from highlighting the meaning of opportunism in general and from defining opportunistic behavior in a PPP in particular.


The article provides a critical appraisal of the Russian language literature on public-private partnership (PPP) management. Having identifies gaps and weaknesses in the literature, the article highlights the internal drivers of PPP development in Russia and gives an assessment of their significance for partnership proliferation in the country, investigates the principal components of the emergent paradigm in the public policy aimed at advancement of partnerships, delineates the paradigm’s nature and shows its implications.

Conceptual Approaches to the Study and Deployment of Public-private Partnerships in Russia: Methodological Paradigms and Reality

The article provides a critical assessment of methodological approaches to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that researchers and practitioners in Russia employ. The study explains the reasons behind a broad interpretation of the term ‘a partnership’ in the literature and by policy makers, as well as the consequences that disregard the principal defining characteristics of a PPP. The article shows that a distorted understanding of the partnership meaning has led to inflated numbers of PPPs at the municipal level.