Economic and social rights within the post-communist area by Dr Eleanor Bindman

On 24 June 2015 the Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies hosted an open lecture about Economic and social rights within the post-communist area by Dr Eleanor Bindman

  • Eleanor Bindman (PhD, Queen Mary University) is a specialist in Russian politics and will be a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at QMUL from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this she was a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester.

Dr Bindman situated the understanding of Russian economic and social rights and the state’s role in the historical context of the Soviet legacy, which emphasis such rights over civil and political rights. In the lecturer’s opinion that approach also highlights enduring public expectations of what the state should provide and the policy of the various presidential administrations since 2005 of reasserting the state’s role in relation to the apparent realisation of economic and social rights through social service provision. Dr Bindman explores the differing approaches taken by human rights and more socially-oriented NGOs to engagement with various state structures, and state-affiliated structures such as the regional human rights ombudsmen, and the privileged position Russian human rights NGOs appear. Also, she focuses on the concept of new governmental management, in particular on the idea of outsourcing in Russia.

Dr Bindman conceptualizes the meaning and significance of economic and social Russian context based on data gathered from interviews with Russian state officials, NGOs and Russian civil society actors made in 2011, 2014 and 2015 in several Russian regions.