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Research Article

Andrey A. Merzlykov Candidate of Sociology
Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia
ORCID ID=0000-0001-8846-1423
The population’s potential for subjectness in regards to national projects.
Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2020. Vol. 11. No. 4. P. 143-166

Дата поступления статьи: 05.11.2020
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Topic: Sociology of management and urban sociology

For citation:
Merzlykov A. A. The population’s potential for subjectness in regards to national projects. Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2020. Vol. 11. No. 4. P. 143-166


This article is devoted to evaluating the population’s potential for subjectness in regards to implementing national projects, in other words – the people’s willingness to act in the name of contributing to their implementation: so this is not just a matter of agreeing with any goals and tasks that are laid out, but actively participating in achieving them. The empirical material for this study is based on the results of the first (pilot) stage of an RSF research project titled “Academic project: handling processes associated with social group formation in regions with varying levels of socio-cultural modernization, support from the population of development strategies for the Russian Federation up to 2024”. This article presents a scientific interpretation of the population’s subjectness from the position of sociology of management. According to the author, the main point of studying subjectness was to determine and examine means of building relationships between subjects, with the intention to collaborate in resolving those issues which bear significance to said subjects. The population’s subjectness is characterized by the interactions between society and authorities, where for society it is vital to have the ability to self-organize as a full-fledged social subject, while for authorities the important component would be to create the conditions for a constructive dialog. The results of the study indicate that society does possess a certain potential for subjectness, and the willingness to actively support national projects. Certain group formational indicators for developing subjectness within the population were identified, of the socio-mental, socio-structural and behavioral variety. Its resource base is assessed, with it being characterized by a high degree of self-organization, an active civic stance, considerable experience in management and sufficient administrative authority. The study analyzes the established public attitudes when it comes to collaborating with authorities in discussing national projects. It is noted that the attitudes of active groups of the population mostly tend to be functional (constructive) in nature, as opposed to dysfunctional (destructive), with them being oriented towards cooperating with authorities in the name of successfully implementing any planned national projects.




sociology, management, subjectness of the population, national projects, public attitudes, group forming features of subjectness, vertical power and management structure


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