Roots of Overcoming Sociology’s Alienation from the Pressing Problems of Politics

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30
Oral Presentation
Larissa VDOVICHENKO, Russian State University for Humanities, Russian Federation
My current presentation is on the use of sociological consulting in political sphere as one of the ways to overcome the alienation of sociology from empirical practice. Sociological monitoring of legislation is a mean of is a way of introducing political consulting into practice. It forms an integral part of law drafting, and allows to make transparent its elaboration, adoption and implementation. Its goal is to synchronize legislative activities at the national and local levels of the country. Sociologists, who play the role of political consultants, based on the results of such monitoring prepare their recommendations whether to adopt a law or to amend it, taking into account the current political situation and its changes in case of adoption of this law. This approach to lawmaking becomes vital for improving the wording and implementation of laws. It helps to consolidate efforts by state bodies and public institutions in the adoption of legislative acts most relevant to the needs of society. Political consulting based on sociological monitoring gives a good example of using new interdisciplinary technology of overcoming sociology’s alienation from the legislative process as the most important part of politics. The practice of using monitoring legislation is characteristic not only for some Scandinavian countries (for example, Sweden), but also became applicable in the Russian Federation Council, where annual reports on the results of such monitoring were issued in the zero years of the 21st century. Monitoring legislation encourages the development of special practice of political consulting different from ordinary work of state bureaucracy. It appeals to the analytic work before the law creation and then on the study of its elaboration and implementation. This new approach to advisory work in the field of legislation becomes a tool of assessing new laws, comparing them with social environment and general policy framework.