Is it really possible to speak that modern states are presently suffering what can be termed a crisis of legitimacy? Does this crisis concern only the Middle East region or is it also being reflected in the West? What are the pillars that loyalty to today’s political institutions currently rests upon, without which the entire political system would inevitably collapse? Is it really considered out of fashion to be loyal to the state? Do government authorities and society need a new “social contract”? What is the main point around which such a new “social contract” could possible centre?
John Dunn, a British philosopher and expert on the history of political thought, who represents the Cambridge school of political thought; Alexei Pushkov, a journalist, political scientist, author and host of the TV show ‘Postscriptum’; Chris Hedges, an American journalist, writer, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize; Gerhard Mangott, an Austrian political scientist and Professor of Political Science at Innsbruck University; Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Constitutional Legislation and Nation-Building; and Andrew Kuchins, the Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Russia and the Eurasia Program.
This issue features a discussion about whether a crisis of Russian statesmanship could potentially emerge and how it is possible to prevent it. The following authors take part in this debate: Gleb Pavlovsky, the Editor-in-chief of the Russian Journal; Alexander Morozov, the Director of the Media Studies Centre at the Institute of Cultural Studies (UNIK); Alexander F. Filippov, a renowned sociologist and philosopher; and Valery Fadeev, the Director of the Institute for Social Planning and Editor-in-chief of the periodical ‘Expert’.
THE TIME OF THE SPLIT SOCIETIES
COLLUSION BETWEEN COMMUNISTS AND SUPER-RICH
DMITRY MEDVEDEV AND THE NEW REALPOLITIK-2012
THE SNARE OF HABERMAS
Alexander F. Filippov
RUSSIA: NOT RULING POWER AND SOCIETY, BUT NOBILITY AND PEOPLE
THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO THE STATE
LOYALISM WILL WIN EVEN IF IT FALLS OUT OF FASHION
THE DECREASE IN LOYALTY
RUSSIA NEEDS A LEADER
WHERE IS MEDVEDEV’S AGENDA?
NEW MIDDLE CLASS AGENDA
DESIRE TO SAVE STATESMANSHIP
LEVIATHAN IS AN IMAGE OF THE PAST
IN SEARCH FOR NEW LEGITIMACY
ELITES NEED TO BE REINED!
COUP D’ETAT IN SLOW MOTION
ACTIONS INSTEAD OF PROGRAMS
GLOBAL DEMOCRACY OF INTERNET