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Year
2018
Issue
1
Pages
51-56
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Section СОЦИОЛОГИЯ. ПОЛИТОЛОГИЯ. МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЕ ОТНОШЕНИЯ
Title INTEREST GROUPS OF THE GERMAN POLICY TOWARDS RUSSIA
Author(-s) Basov F.A.
Abstract This paper presents analysis of interest groups that participate in establishing the German policy towards Russia. The goal of the article is to try to understand the essence of the German policy towards Russia, which is revealed in the realization of goals of the interest groups of state institutions. The author describes the main interest groups, based on the retrospective political analysis and the method of description. The change of the potential of influence on the state policy towards Russia of different interest groups is showed in the article. Particular attention is paid to the connection between interest groups and political parties. The last changing of the party-political system of the FRG (appearance of a new parliament party and transformation of the party-system) is also represented. Besides contradictions and struggle of different interest groups there are examples of their common goals and cooperation on the way to realize those goals. This aspect is also shown in the article. The author illustrates the difference between interest groups and influence groups. The work is based on the system approach. Main methods used by the author were retrospective political analysis, comparative analysis, method of description and method of included surveillance. Apart from traditional for many political systems interest groups - economical group and human rights group - which have contradictions in many aspects, “ideological group” (“idea group”) is also exists in German policy towards Russia, which is connected with business, but is an independent interest group. There are also some situational (bureaucracy) groups. All this groups compensate each other, which ensures balance of the FRG policy towards Russia. In last years the potential of influence of the human right group increased in the German foreign policy.
Keywords Germany, Russia, interest groups, influence groups, political parties, German-Russian relations, German foreign policy, foreign policy formation
UDC 327.7
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