Public Policy, Development and Institutions: Semantic Conjugation Logic and “Forgotten Things” in a New Being Reality

Public Policy, Development and Institutions:
Semantic Conjugation Logic and “Forgotten Things” in a New Being Reality

Mikhaylenok O.M.,

Professor, Head of Socio-Political Relations Research Department, Center for Political Science and Political Sociology, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS,

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Nazarenko A.V.,

Senior Researcher, Socio-Political Relations Research Department, Center for Political Science and Political Sociology, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2020.01.14

For citation:

Mikhaylenok O.M., Nazarenko A.V. Public Policy, Development and Institutions: Semantic Conjugation Logic and “Forgotten Things” in a New Being Reality. – Polis. Political Studies. 2020. No. 1. P. 179-191. (In Russ.).


The review of the monograph entitled “Public Policy. Institutions, Digitalization, Development” edited by Professor L. V. Smorgunov is a discourse about the connection of the phenomenon of politics and its public role with the phenomenon of development in the new existential reality. In the new informational polycentric and rhizomatic world, the connection of information, knowledge, culture and power is becoming more and more apparent, which results in the need to reconsider the old approaches to their conceptualization. We see the destruction of the familiar social structures, as each individual turns into a producer of truth. It drastically changes the entire sociopolitical landscape – the political relationships of power begin to penetrate into many things which at first glance have very little in common with politics. The question about the fate of political structures that used to be stable in the past – institutions, the main one being still the state – arises more and more often. To what extent will they be able, under the new conditions, to play the role of a key link for the conceptual transformation of public policy in the direction of development based on the human factor? What is the state of development in the new existential reality and what kind of new model of relations between the whole and the part in such a world can we observe? And finally, what could be the role of a digit, which is in fact identical to institutions in its semantic content – to put everything in order? It is possible that the new information and communication environment with internal free logic and clear boundaries, determined by mathematical rules and technical capabilities of modern communication means, will put everything in order. The whimsical machine-human-society assemblies that develop in this case and are able to function directionally, make us speak not of structures, but rather of space and the flow of development. We can and should speak not about institutions or grammar of a digit, but rather about a new type of political space assembly, under which connections, preserving original agent impulses, are developed. There is a real chance to preserve creative activity of such an assembly aimed at development, and, thus, the statement that it is not politics for development, but, on the contrary, development for politics, is seen as more and more legitimate. 

existence, politics, public policy, development, institution, state, digit, human, network, polycentricity, rhizome, assemblies, space, flow.


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