Scientific section. Politology

Media education facets within writings of A. V. Fedorov’s scholarly group: Political dimension

Empirical base of this article is comprised of five monographs by A.V. Fedorov and his colleagues published from 2013 to 2015. The author highlights several, from his point of view, the most urgent and important issues touched on in the writings considered. An idea is substantiated that necessity to develop social and political model of media education is becoming patently obvious nowadays.

Perestroika in the USSR: Between the ideological concept and reality

The article presents the result of reflection on the contradictions between the ideological and theoretical substantiation of the concepts “acceleration” and “perestroika” and their real results, which became one of the most important reasons of collapse of the socialist system and the USSR.

The place and role of national and cultural organizations in the political space of Saratov border zone

The article analyzes the influence of ethnic factor in the post-Soviet space using the example of the Saratov region. On the basis of a public survey conducted in eight districts of the region, the activities of national and cultural organizations as subjects of civil society and the regional political process are considered. Their interaction with the authorities, difficulties, and contradictions arising in the process of implementing the programs and goals of national and cultural organizations are studied.

Formation of patriotism: Political and ideological meanings and technologies

The article considers political and ideological aspects of patriotism and technologies of its formation in modern conditions. The author shows that patriotic problematic is traditional for social and political discourse and remains relevant nowadays. The need for a deep and comprehensive theoretical and methodological study of the state policy on patriotic education of Russians was proved. The approaches to develop a model of modern patriotism which corresponds to the image of our Fatherland’s future were outlined.

The leading “left” Russian parties on the eve of State Duma election-2021

Stances of “Communist Party of the Russian Federation” and “Fair Russia” as two main left parties on the eve of State Duma election-2021 are considered in the article. Based on the analysis of CPRF leaders’ reaction to January protest campaign, the author concludes that there are some signs of crisis within the party and pinpoints reasons of communists’ inability to crucially change their image and electoral resources for the upcoming election.

Foreign policy expertise: Polyvariety of research approaches in political science

The main theoretical and methodological approaches that are used in Russian and world political science to study foreign policy expertise and related problems are analyzed in the article. The author concludes that there are so called “procedural”, institutional, system, and network approaches. From the point of view of the first one, foreign policy expertise is a special activity or procedure that is carried out by subjects with special knowledge and status.

Russia’s space and border in the value dimension

The article reveals the understanding of space and the state border as a national value of Russia. As a result of historical development, due to the presence of a constant threat to the country and the resource mobilization for its protection, the citizens of Russia have formed a sustainable defense consciousness and understanding of the border as a sacred value. The article raises the question of further understanding of the problem.

“Bad/good politics” as a concept of political science

The article contains the author’s suggestions how to use terms “good politics” and “bad politics” as theoretical tools of political study.

UN peacekeeping in Mali: From peacekeeping to public diplomacy

The article is dedicated to analysis of current processes in Mali. The author examine efforts of Malian state, France, as former metropole, and state that include Mali in its traditional zone of influence, and the whole international community to de-escalate the conflict. Results of this particular research showed multiple layers of the conflict.