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A Power Horizontal


Based on fieldwork done in Ekaterinburg, this article deals with the enforcement of legal decisions about economic disputes in the late 2000s in Russia. As state employees, bailiffs are responsible for the implementation of court decisions but their efficiency depends on the cases they deal with. In the most successful cases, they are backed by private enforcers, hired by the claimant and often coming from the law enforcement agencies. This common work reflects an informal public–private partnership from below in which bailiffs and private enforcers co-execute judicial decisions. Such autonomous public–private power configurations at local level challenge the governmental claim to build a ‘power vertical’ in Russia from the top.
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hal-03399244 , version 1 (23-10-2021)



Gilles Favarel-Garrigues. A Power Horizontal: The Public–Private Enforcement of Judicial Decisions in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 2015, 67 (4), pp.606 - 623. ⟨10.1080/09668136.2015.1030356⟩. ⟨hal-03399244⟩
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