A Word to Young Politological Scientists

Influence of Representatives of the Ruling Elite of the Smolensk Region on the Dynamics of Relations with the Republic of Belarus

The author analyzes the degree of influence and personal participation of representatives of the ruling elite of the Smolensk region in building relations with the Republic of Belarus in the framework of trans-border cooperation between the regions of the two countries. The evolution of the composition and mechanisms of formation of the regional elite from 1991 to the present is considered as one of the criteria for determining the political regime of the region.

Problems of International Crisis and Internationalized Conflicts in Policy Documents and Initiatives of the Political Parties of the Russian Federation

The article is devoted to the study of the content of the positions of Russian political parties on the issues of settlement of international crises and internal armed internationalized conflicts directly affecting the interests of the Russian Federation. The analysis of the party programmatics during the election campaigns of 2016–2018 and at the present stage has demonstrated a significant interest of parliamentary and other parties in carrying out effective foreign policy activities of the Russian Federation in this area.

Features of the Influence of the Internet Communities on the Formation of the Political Agenda in Modern Russia (The Case of Telegram)

The article discusses the impact of online communities on the formation of the political agenda of modern Russia. The author defines the concept of a political agenda and justifies its dependence on the public agenda. The analyzes the circumstances and the socio-political consequences of blocking Telegram in Russia. It is concluded that the Internet communities are becoming one of the key factors shaping both the public and political agenda in modern Russia.

Problems of Democracy Functionality: Methodological Approaches to the Study

The main objective of this article is to identify the features and causes of non-compliance/distortion of the basic principles and values of democracy as the main problem of its improper functioning. The analysis is based on the study and comparison of classical and modern works on democracy, which touch upon the interaction of democracy with the media, the elite and capitalism, in order to systematize approaches to the study of the problems of its functionality.

The Role of Ethno-Politics in the Formation of the Russian Civil Nation

The article considers the role of ethnopolitics in the design of a new Russian civil nation. The idea is substantiated that the problem of the formation of a civil nation in Russia is caused by the problem of the coincidence of two identities – national (universal) and ethnic. The role of ethnicity as a self-sufficient political resource is noted. The process of nation-building, features of ethno-political education are analyzed. The need to shift the emphasis in the implementation of Russian ethnopolitics is emphasized.

The Conflict between Center and Catalonia in Spain: Political Discourse Analysis

The article is devoted to regional conflict between Spain and Catalonia. The confrontation has a long history, but nowadays the desire of the regional authorities to independence has led to an escalation of the conflict. The article defines the main lines of positioning and reveals hidden discursive subtexts in the statements of the conflict participants. The author focuses on public statements connected with the confrontation between Spain and Catalonia.

Political and Legal Regulation of the Internet Space in Modern Russia

The article examines the evolution of political and legal regulation of activities in the information space in the Russian Federation. An analysis of key legal acts and documents in this area, as well as other initiatives of government authorities to ensure control over the dissemination of information is provided. The conclusion is made about the reasons and purposes of toughening of the state regulation of Internet communities and Internet space in general.

Institutionalizarea Lobbying Activities in Russia as Factor of Increase of Efficiency of Interaction between Society and the StateInstitutionalizarea Lobbying Activities in Russia as Factor of Increase of Efficiency of Interaction between Society and the

Describes the main features of the process of interaction between society and the state, the factors of institutionalization of lobbying activities, the influence of formation of Institute of lobbying to increase the effectiveness of the communication process of civil society and government. Analyzed subjects, objects, channels, methods and technology advocacy in contemporary Russia

Specificities of Applying Factor Analysis in Political Science Research

The article compares the applicability of two types of factor analysis – exploratory and confirmatory – as research methods of political science. The author argues that exploratory factor analysis provides better understanding of complex political phenomena by constructing a hypothesis on their potential structure. Instead, confirmatory factor analysis aims to test an already proposed hypothesis by means of experiment. Yet experimenting seems to be of limited use in political science.

GR Researching: Theoretical Approaches

This article is devoted to the problem of revealing scientific approaches to studying business-government relations. The direction of studying Government Relation is developing in political science actively. It is important to define the theoretical and methodological frameworks of studying this phenomenon. The author examines the theories and approaches which can be used to investigate the reasons of GR, the main models of this interaction, and identify methods for GR strategies’ realization.