The Left vs. the Right Wingers Opposition: Anachronism or Change of Coordinates?

The Left vs. the Right Wingers Opposition:
Anachronism or Change of Coordinates?

Kholodkovskii K.G.,

Principal Researcher, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences,

elibrary_id: 72944 |

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2006.06.06

For citation:

Kholodkovskii K.G. The Left vs. the Right Wingers Opposition: Anachronism or Change of Coordinates? – Polis. Political Studies. 2006. No. 6. P. 81-96. (In Russ.).


The changes in the contents of politics, in the character of conflicts, that took place by the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries, couldn't but tell on the configuration of forces in the political field. It is the leftist to the rightists continuum that had been, as is known, the organizing principle of the said configuration for two centuries. During the past several decades, the division between the rightists and the leftists has been growing ever less clear-cut and linear, ever more conditional; ever more often voices were heard among politicians and political scientists about the notions of leftists and rightists having turned into a kind of anachronism. But why then does the division, if only in the form of the left and right centers' rivalry, remain? Analyzing the arrangement of forces in the leading Western countries, the author convincingly proves on this basis, that final elimination of distinctions between the rightists and the leftists is impeded by value divergence, especially obvious in pre-election polemics, but quite discernible also in practical policies in the humanitarian field. According to his conclusion, though the significance of the leftist vs. rightist delimitation has seriously diminished and the subjects thereof have notably changed, the delimitation itself has lost neither its functional meaning, nor its value coloration.

Content No. 6, 2006

See also:

Sorokin K.E.,
Russia and the Play of Geopolitical Interests in the Great Ocean Area. – Polis. Political Studies. 1994. No4

Barsukova S.Yu.,
Problems of Refugees and Emergency Migrants in the Mirror of Ideologies. – Polis. Political Studies. 1999. No5

Pastukhov V.B.,
From Statehood to the State: Europe and Russia. – Polis. Political Studies. 1994. No2

Laslo E. ,
Birth of a World - Birth of a Science - Birth of an Age. – Polis. Political Studies. 1993. No2

Pshizova S.N.,
Democracy and Political Market in a Comparative Perspective (II). – Polis. Political Studies. 2000. No3



   2024      2023      2022      2021   
   2020      2019      2018      2017      2016   
   2015      2014      2013      2012      2011   
   2010      2009      2008      2007      2006   
   2005      2004      2003      2002      2001   
   2000      1999      1998      1997      1996   
   1995      1994      1993      1992      1991