VILKOV A.A., SHESTOV N.I., ABRAMOV A.V. Social Demand for the Future of Russia Within Political Projects and Mass Political Consciousness

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.3.10

Aleksander A. Vilkov

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), Professor, Head of the Political Science Department,

Saratov State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky,

Astrakhanskaya St, 83, 410012 Saratov, Russian Federation

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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4277-0372

Nikolaj I. Shestov

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), Professor,

Political Science Department, Saratov State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky,

Astrakhanskaya St, 83, 410012 Saratov, Russian Federation

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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2220-7582

Andrei V. Abramov

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Associate Professor,

Department of Comparative Politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University,

Leninskiye Gory, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation

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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6528-4444


Abstract. Introduction. The purpose of this article is to find out to what extent the “social state” concept, brought to the fore of domestic political, social, and economic agendas by amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, is able to satisfy the demand of the mass political consciousness in Russia for the image of the country’s future.

Methods and materials. To solve this problem, a wide range of general scholarly and specific political science approaches and methods were used. The conclusions are based on the results of opinion polls conducted by the largest social surveys research organizations of Russia (i.e. “Russian Public Opinion Research Center”, “Levada-Center”, and “Public Opinion Foundation”), analysis of the programs of political parties, speeches of Russian politicians, as well as on the observation over the Russian political process.

Analysis. The views of citizens on the prospects for the development of relations between the state and society in Russia are analyzed in relation to the political projects of leading Russian political actors; the prospects of key projects of the existing political, social, and economic system optimization in the context of their compliance with the needs of various social groups in modern Russia are considered; estimation of social risks of their implementation is given.

Results. An inference is made that formation of a socially desired image of the future of Russia requires a significant adjustment of the main Russian political actors’ activities. Domestic political parties need a renewal of their leadership and relevant institutional and ideological reformatting; the highest bodies of state power need to adjust the political course – first of all, it is necessary to establish control over the use of natural resources, introduce a differentiated taxation system, and stimulate production. The lack of a clear response from government bodies and party structures to society’s requests for a just, socially responsible state creates risks for the stability of the domestic social and political system, and can be used by destructive political forces to implement the scenario of a “colour revolution” in Russia.

Key words: public opinion, image of the future, political projects, social demand, mass political consciousness of Russians.

Citation. Vilkov A.A., Shestov N.I., Abramov A.V. Social Demand for the Future of Russia Within Political Projects and Mass Political Consciousness. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2021, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 108-122. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.3.10.

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