9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Youth Civil Society Work Building II, B2.02

Modern Youth and Working out Social Policy of the Municipal Administration in Russia

Nowadays the question under consideration and investigation is the state of modern Russian youth, the dynamics of its development, forming of its interests and elaborating the adequate social policy.
The real basis for working out the adequate social policy is the knowledge of the real state of social structure of Russian youth, the dynamics and tendencies of its changes.
Social structure of Russian youth and of Russian society is a phenomenon which needs detailed rethinking according to its previous and its contemporary state. The lack of reliable knowledge of social structure of the society and the dynamics of its development is a cause of numerous failures in social policy.
Political and economical changing in Russia during the last 20 years influenced the attitude of the young people to politics and taking part in administration. Absolute refusal of the old values and standards they had been grown with, and absence of new ones, together with the circumstances of transition to market economy in our country caused the situation when for many young people wealth became the only value and purpose. Human values shifted to the background or even lost their importance at all. It's considered non-prestigious to take part in political activities or elections, government or municipal administration.
This situation leads to the number of serious consequences, such as aging of people in the government, having no possibility to share the experience with the young successors, the lack of adequate youth policy in the country and its regions.
Several sociological researches have studied this problem. It enabled us to estimate political activity of Russian young people and their readiness to take part in local municipal administration, according to their place of living, the level of education, the sphere of occupation and etc. These and other data will be presented in the report by the author.
Besides, the author is going to present some technologies for improving the situation and increasing the activity of young people in local municipal administration. These suggestions are based on the analysis of historical and modern experience in Russia.