Russian journal - Standpoint of the week
issue #9, May, 2010
Intellectual Stratum And The Policy of Metropolis
Discussion unfolded during the hearings at the Public Chamber concerning the General Plan for Moscow Reconstruction again raised the question before capital community: can inhabitants of big cities – or metropolises – really participate in city management, or is big business and the municipal bureaucracy capable to stopping all attempts of opposition? These and other questions of the Newsletter were answered by Saskia Sassen, a world-famous American sociologist and urbanist, a founder of the term 'global city'; Vyacheslav Glazychev, a Russian art historian and urbanist, a member of the Russian Public Chamber; Sergey Mitrokhin, Chairman of the Russian Yabloko party, and Chairman of the Committee for Muscovites’ Defense; Victor Sergeyev, Director of the Center for International Research at Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations; Thomas R. Dye, Professor of Political Science at Florida State University, and a proponent of the scientific school of the functional theory of elites; Natalya Samover, a member of the Coordination Council of the social movement ArchNadzor (Architectural Control). Further commentary in the Newsletter provided by Slavoj Žižek, a famous Slovenian philosopher and sociologist, offering his opinions on policy during the period of the so-called ‘Anthropocene’ era, when humanity itself has become a geological agent.
WHO WILL DEFEND THE INTERESTS OF CITIZENS?
THE ‘MEGALOPOLIS’ CORPORATION
NEIGHBORHOOD RESISTANCE RISES UP THROUGH THE GALVANIZATION OF LOCAL SOCIAL NETWORKS
DEMOCRACY IN THE PUBLIC CHAMBER
THE FINAL REHEARSAL FOR THE CHANGE OF MOSCOW MAYOR
‘THE MILITARY SECRET’ OF THE MAYOR OF MOSCOW
SPONTANEOUS ACTION WILL SAVE MOSCOW
THE COUNTRY’S POPULATION HAS COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT LAW AND MORALS
PUBLIC CHAMBERS ARE THE BEST WAY FOR SOCIETY TO ORGANIZING ITSELF
METROPOLIS MAYORS DO NOT KNOW THEIR OWN CITIES
THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN ONE MOSCOW IN RUSSIA
MOSCOW IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC
CHRONICLES OF CATASTROPHIC DEVELOPMENT
LESSONS FROM THE DUST
WILL THE WORLD GET BACK ON THE ‘THIRD TRACK’?
MOSCOW INHABITANTS SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN CITY MANAGEMENT
Thomas R. Dye
ELITES OF LARGE CITIES RECKON ONLY WITH PROFESSIONAL UNIONS