№ 3, 2006
Democratic challenges as interpreted by American political scientists ( K.Dzhanda, D.M.Berry, D.Goldman, K.B.Khuda. Through a difficult path of democracy. The process of public administration in the US. – M.: ROSSPEN, 2006. – 655 p.)
The object of Borisyuk’s review is the Russian translation of a fundamental monograph on the establishment of democracy in the US, which ran through 9 editions in its country. Its special edition has the form and functions of a school-book and is of great help to students and professors from history and political science departments in American universities. The author of the review names among the undoubted merits of the book a fundamentally new approach that very well combines a classic narrative of the material and information technologies whose capacity serves a reference point in each of the work’s sections. Their structure allows to “volumetrically” follow the history of formation and development of major US political instruments. At the same time, V.Borisyuk draws the attention to a certain apologetic bias in the presentation of material, which seems to leave in shadow the challenges and difficulties for a democratic process that are mentioned in the title of the book.
№ 1, 2005
The author shares the view that conservatism presents the deepest and structurally most complex philosophical, ideological, political and cultural phenomenon of a mainly Western intellectual tradition, and one of the most significant elements determining civilization’s development. At the same time, he considers conservatism to be a time-dependent, active and viable category. The article analyzes various approaches to the perception of conservatism. A special emphasis is placed on particularities and prospects of conservatism (as an ideology, political practice and cultural tradition) in the light of accelerating globalization.
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