Searching for the Desirable Future:
Internal Political Agenda for Russia


Glukhova A.V.

Dr. Sci. (Polit.), Chief Researcher, Head of the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia. soc@hist.vsu.ru

Sidenko O.A.

Cand. Sci. (Polit.), Assos. Prof. the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia. soc@hist.vsu.ru

Sosunov D.V.

Cand. Sci. (Polit.), Assos. Prof. the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia. soc@hist.vsu.ru

Shcheglova D.V.

Cand. Sci. (Polit.), Researcher, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia dshcheglova@hse.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250008493-5
ID of the Article: 8017


This article was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 19-011-31293.


For citation:

Glukhova A.V., Sidenko O.A., Sosunov D.V., Shcheglova D.V. Searching for the Desirable Future: Internal Political Agenda for Russia. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2020. No 2. P. 43-52




Abstract

A most urgent issue in Russian public discourse is search for the best future and the way to achieve it. The authors present the results of a Russian expert survey carried out by the project «Domestic Political Agenda as a Unity Factor in Modern Russia». Experts’ views on the desired future for Russia, the foundations of value consensus and the problems of building national unity are examined in the paper. The domestic political agenda was analyzed via triple scholarly optics: official (government), civil and public (‘people’s’) agendas, i.e. public request for power. The government and public agendas are the most inharmonious and they need more civil alternatives suggested. The authors note weakness of converting the three forms into each other and the primacy of a foreign policy course, viewing this as a threat to Russia’s unity. All experts showed extraordinary unity in the assertion that there is no consolidated agenda in modern Russia.


Keywords
domestic political agenda; official agenda; civic agenda; public agenda; conversion of agendas; expert survey
Content No 2, 2020