Vol 6, No 3 (2019)

Public administration: theory and practice

«Soft power» as a catalysator of socio-political conflicts

Ivanov O.B.


The article is devoted to the study of a set of technologies united by the term “soft power” from the standpoint of using the potential of these technologies in order to manage socio-political conflicts in target countries. The essence and purpose of “soft power” in the contemporary activities of international political actors is revealed and investigated, and practical experience is used to study the key tools of “soft power”, including as an instrument of influence and propaganda in the global information space. The author makes a reasoned attempt to prove that in the era of globalization the importance and influence of “soft power” increases compared to traditional “hard” tools of influence, that “soft power” is actively used as a theoretical and practical guide at the global geopolitical level. The positive and negative potential of “soft power” are critically evaluated, the basic methods of protection against its destructive influence are analyzed.

RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):167-176
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The state and the “rentier economy” in oil exporting countries

Ghukasyan G.L.


In the new foreign economic conditions that have arisen as a result of a significant deformation of the cyclical dynamics of the world oil market, the views on the model of the socalled “rentier state” and “rentier economy” that apply to oil exporting countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and also to the states of the post-Soviet space, including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, are of certain interest. For these states, in the face of declining oil export revenues, the question of changing the “rentier model” of development is relevant. At the same time, the recommendations of foreign authors are not acceptable in many aspects, but their analysis allows us to approach problems of overcoming the “raw nature” of the economy more comprehensively.

RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):177-192
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Study on the effectiveness of internal control systems in Ghana public sector: a look into the district assemblies. Part 1

Owusu-Ansah E.


Assessing the effectiveness of the internal control system in the public sector is one of the surest way to identify if public institutions are working effectively to achieve corporate objectives. The objective of the study is to assess the effectiveness of the internal control systems in the MMDA’S. The study made use of convenience and purposive sampling method to sample data. It was observed that there is an existence of internal control system in the Adenta Municipal Assembly and it is very effective in the achievement of the Assembly’s objectives. The Writer recommended that the government should employ more personnel who are members of the professional bodies such as the ICA Ghana, ACCA, and CIMA into the unit, this is because with their knowledge and in-depth study of their profession it will help to reduce the problems of internal control as highlighted in this work.
RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):193-212
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The role of african court on human and peoples’ rights protection: the case of libyan crises

Antigegn G.K.


The emergence of regional human rights systems depicts one of the greatest achievements in the internationalization of human rights. The foundation of the charter paved the way for the birth of the court thereafter. The African Court is established by virtue of the 1998 protocol to the Charter and the court is built upon an arsenal of protective and remedial techniques. The establishment of the court has reset the stage and created a new platform for the protection of human rights in Africa. The cardinal objective of the paper is to investigate the role of African Court on human and Peoples’ rights protection in Libya Crises taking the case of Saif Al Islam Gaddafi. The paper has utilized qualitative methodology. The government of Libya responded with brutal force against civilian protesters in contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law. The security force of the government of Libya killed many protesters as well. This situation intensified human rights violations and enforced many of the peoples to displace. The court issued an important ruling in March 2011, ordering provisional measures against Libya in the armed conflict in its territory. Libya government denied the claims of human rights violations in its territory and showed its willingness to subject itself to criminal investigations by the Court if necessary. The issue of the fund, independence, commitment and competence of judges to interpret mandate and jurisdiction, the willingness of the states to support and to abide by court decisions, and powers of the concerned body to enforce court decisions hampered the court from being effective. Generally, African States act in good faith with respect to the decisions of the African Human Rights Court, the court becomes more import.
RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):213-222
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Prospects for socio-economic development of the urban system

Sekirina E.E., Tolmachev A.A.


The article presents an analysis of the socio-economic development of the city as a system. The main problems faced by Russian cities in the course of their development and ways to solve them have been revealed. The experience of socio-economic development of foreign cities was presented as an example, and the most effective methods were identified. On the basis of the findings, the option of implementing foreign development experience in the Russian city system has been proposed. The relevance of the analysis is due to the need for socio-economic development of cities in Russia.

RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):223-233
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Population ageing: demographic security threat or silver industry development potential

Zueva A.S., Khrolenko T.S.


The authors grasped the crucial points of such demographic phenomenon as population ageing and defined the most important consequences for the economy of the country on the increase in the proportion of older persons. On the one hand, population ageing is noted as Russian demographic security threat. On the other hand, the international experience of the formation of the silver industry and focused on a certain category of older citizens economy are noticed. Prospects of development of the market of services for pensioners are estimated.

RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):234-242
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The origin and formation of socio-economic relations between Russia and Armenia

Safarian V.V.


This article, dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the accession of Western Armenia to the Russian Empire, is aimed at drawing attention to the monumentality of this historical event, characterized by the comprehensive development of Russian-Armenian relations. It focuses on such important aspects as the possibility of compromises in the process of allied associations for the benefit of further cooperation, the construction of joint socio-economic steps, the development of a common cultural heritage, defense, etc. An important part of the article is the consideration of the evolution of Russian-Armenian relations up to the beginning of the 21st century including the main milestones and events that influenced the relations under consideration are highlighted.

RUDN Journal of Public Administration. 2019;6(3):243-250
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