of Udmurt University
Sociology. Political Science. International Relations



Author(-s) Lushankin S.S.
Abstract This article is devoted to the analysis of the interrelations between the process of forming a political agenda and the possible level of access for an actor to participate in politics. The author gives a description of the category «agenda» and he determines the forms of existence of the concept of “agenda”. The article contains a brief analysis of the development of this concept: from the theory of “agenda setting” to a modern understanding of the concept of a political agenda. The author made a substantiation of the self-sufficiency of the concept «political agenda», and he illustrated the existence of key differences between various private forms of the agenda. The author describes the process of forming the political agenda and the role of policy participants in it. He believes, that the significant influence on the political process has cultural factors and the ability to communicate. The author follows the philosopher Yu. Habermas and he believes, that political and communicative action to the greatest extent makes it possible to create an ideal model of communication. In this model, policy does not exist outside of public discussion, and access to it is open to the maximum number of participants. At the same time, the author notes the existence of a contradiction between the model of forming a political agenda on the basis of political and communicative action and the existing reality. In the article notes, that realization of such a model is hampered by the existence of significant limitations. The author notes that the process of forming a political agenda faces the existence of restrictions on the participation of actors and determines its forms. The author asserts that the process of forming the political agenda contains a significant contradiction.
Keywords political agenda, political process, public policy, political and communicative action, political power, politicization
UDC 321.02
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