Today, a large business will aim to actively affect processes of forming and implementing public policies connected with economic management and allocation of community resources. To ensure the opportunity of such systemic influence on policymaking, corporations promote their interests through systems of regulated relations and links with State bodies. The article presents this way of furthering corporate interests as ‘Government Relations’ (GR) and the conceptual interpretation of this phenomenon. Being relatively new for Russia but becoming increasingly popular in the scientific-and-expert community, GR is still undergoing the process of conceptualisation. In the professional dimension, this realm is a specific type of management activity, a special cross-sectoral management aimed at the cooperation of a business entity (and non-government actors) with the State, which is located where the three sectors of society cross (the State, business, and non-political organisations). Insights to the existing organisational forms of GR activity in Russia, such as GR departments in companies, consulting firms, and business associations are provided. The article also analyses the relevance and prospects of the research of the Government Relations theme for the Republic of Cyprus.
government relations, Government Relations (GR), GR-management, interactions with the State, lobbying, business interest, advocacy, public affairs
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