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Волкова М. А. The Participation of Citizens in Managing the Affairs of the State Through the Activity of Political Parties at the Local Level . Izv. Saratov Univ. (N. S.), Ser. Economics. Management. Law, 2014, vol. 14, iss. 4, pp. 694-?.


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The Participation of Citizens in Managing the Affairs of the State Through the Activity of Political Parties at the Local Level

Introduction. The article is dedicated to analyze questions and opportunities of participation of citizens in managing the affairs of the state through the activity of political parties at the local level. Object. The main point of the article is to analyze a regulatory framework of improving political parties’ activity at the local level ensuring the realization citizens’ rights of the participation in managing the affairs of the state. Results. The author has completed his research of Russian legislation, practice of parties’ participation in resolving local issues in the CIS counties and in the world, benchmark of Russian parties’ activity in resolving local issues. He proved that opportunities of citizen participation in government process are increasing simultaneously with the increase of number of elected local officials. Proper realization and enforcement of this citizens right to influence government on the local level and participate in management is exactly the point where political parties have growing opportunities and should be more active. Conclusion. Author concluded that parties’ activity on the local and regional level is not enough and it doesn’t confirm the priorities of the development of civil society and the political system. Author discovers roots about the opportunity of improving efficiency of political parties’ activity and the realization citizens’ rights of the participation in government process based on principles of the Russian Constitution and the legislation of the political parties. There is also a list of problems is formulated. The political parties could play a major role solving these problems.

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