Journal section "Editorial"

Pension reform and exacerbating issues of the legitimacy of the government

Ilyin V.A., Morev M.V.

Volume 11, Issue 4, 2018

For citation: Ilyin V.A., Morev M.V. Pension reform and exacerbating issues of the legitimacy of the government. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2018, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 9–34. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2018.4.58.1

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2018.4.58.1

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In the first months of the new political season, which began after the March 2018 Presidential Election, the Government adopted and is currently discussing measures that received a very negative response from Russian society and many experts, especially against the background of election campaign promises and long-term goals of internal development that Vladimir Putin set out in his Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018. The greatest public response was caused by a draft law on raising the retirement age, although it should be noted that it is not the only one in the list of controversial administration decisions that bring to the fore the issue of compliance of state policy with the national interests or, in other words, the legitimacy of the government. The paper discusses scientific, theoretical and historical foundations of the legitimacy of the government. We present data on Russian national and regional studies of public opinion, indicating Russians’ growing discontent with the first steps of the Government in the new political season coinciding with Putin’s last (according to the Constitution of the Russian Federation) presidential term. We provide calculations and opinions of experts from various fields of science and social activities proving the ill-considered and contradictory management decisions of recent months, which create conditions for a potential decrease in Russians’ trust in the President and, in general, for the aggravation of the socio-political situation in the country


public opinion, social stability, legitimacy of the government, pension reform

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