Scientific section. Politology

“Value” as a Prerequisite for the Quality of Modern Political Research (Part One)

The article is the first part of the study aiming at specifying expediency of using the “scholarly research value” criterion while assessing political science dissertations and other papers. The author analyzes reasons why this criterion is of high interest among Russian scholars and experts nowadays. Key problems of filling the notions “value” and “evaluation” with the meaning corresponding to actual goals of political science dissertations, monographs, and articles’ analysis are pinpointed.

About the Structure of Political Ideologies within the Value-Based Convergence of Russian Parties

The main features of using political ideologies in post-Soviet Russia as well as value-based convergence of different parties are considered in the article. The author concludes that value markers, which previously served as tools to identify and draw the lines between various party ideologies, have lost their initial meanings. The reason is that by using information and communication technologies modern parties base themselves upon converged “universal human values”.

Institutional Contradictions in the Relations Between Political Parties and Regional Parliaments of the Russian Federation

In this article, the author assesses the problems of institutionalizing the relations between political parties and Russian regional legislative assemblies. The author highlights the contradictions in the norms and political approaches that should expand party opportunities in the parliamentary activity of the Russian regions. A conclusion was made that there is excessive influence of regional actors on the admission of parties to legislative activity.

The Issue of Crimea as a Factor of Political Stance of Liberal Parties in Modern Russia

Based on analysis of official party documents, public statements, and publications of various leaders of the liberal of Russian party system, the author considers and assesses their views and arguments on the issue of Crimea within domestic and foreign policy of contemporary Russia. The author concludes that in spite of some nuances in liberal politicians’ stances on this problematics, they all agree that Russian government should officially denunciate the act of reunification of Crimea and Russia and delegate the problem of the peninsula’s status to international community.

The Issue of Crimea Within the Russian Scholarships in 2014–2019

The author carries out a wide historiographic review of the main trends within domestic studies on the issue of Crimea for the last five years. Based on the analysis of various stances on different aspects of Russia and Crimea reunification, political nature of these views is revealed and assessed. The inference is made that the majority of scholars adhere to a position reflecting the national interests of modern Russia

Ontological Foundations of Indigenous Policy: Understanding of Nature of the “Special” Interests of Indigenous Peoples of Russian Far North

This paper represents the political aspect of indigenous issue. The authors are trying to answer the question: what are the “special” interests of indigenous peoples and what is their nature? Existing approaches to the study of this problem (i.e. representative political and regulatory) are subjected to a critical review. The authors argue that a key aspect of the political dimension of the indigenous problem lies in the relations that are associated with the rights of indigenous peoples to use land and other natural resources.

Problems of Intercultural Communication in the Conditions of Implementation of Multiculturalism Policy

The article analyzes the problems of intercultural communication in the implementation of multiculturalism policy. In the context of increasing global challenges and threats, the implementation of the policy of multiculturalism in the European Union and the Russian Federation is considered. In the article the comparative analysis of possible scenarios for the future implementation of the policy of multiculturalism in the face of rising global risks (on the basis of models of Chandrana Kukathas).

The Institutionalization of Professional Expertise in the Field of State National Policy of the Russian Federation

The article examines the directions of institutionalization of professional expertise in the sphere of state national policy of the Russian Federation from the perspective of expansion and improvement of tools for its implementation. The necessity of creating a complex multi-level system of scientific support and dialogue between the authorities and the expert community is substantiated. The importance of forming a regional expert panel for ethnic and political analysis and monitoring is emphasized.

The National Security Issue Within the Debate on the Current Constitution of the Russian Federation

The main trends of Russian scholarships on political functionality of the Russian state in post-soviet period are considered in the article. Based on the analysis of the dominant positions about the expediency and possibilities of reformation of the constitution of the Russian Federation, the author substantiates his own conception of law support for prospects of evolution of political functionality of a state as one of the key element of providing stable and dynamic development of the Russian society

Hypothesis in Political Science Research

The author proposes a solution to the problem of formulating a hypothesis in a political science research. In solving this problem, researchers, especially beginners, often encounter great difficulties. The article analyzes the natural causes of such difficulties. One of them is the lack of experiment with the object of research within humanitarian studies (including political). These are also problems of scientific expediency of statements made by political scientists regarding certain assumptions about the subject, method, and expected results of their research.