Social control and transparency of state power: to state the problem of deconstruction of the state in the social discourse of liberalism and neo-liberalism

  • V. A. Romanenko Classical private university
Keywords: social control, liberalism, neoliberalism, delegitimization of the state, Ukrainian sociology, Ukrainian state


Liberalism and neo-liberalism considered as two fundamental ideologies of the present, which review the state from the perspective of its unproductive influence on society. The state as the centralizing power in these ideologies often appears as a totalitarian monster that restricts market competition, adversely affects human rights, in every way attempts to usurp administrative resources and create different monopolies. All these phenomena estimated in liberal ideology as an inevitable social evil. That is why the topic of deconstruction of state power in the liberal ideological discourse often actualized.The nexus paradigm common to liberalism shared by neoliberalism, whose theorists are looking at the state as a tool for securing the privileges of those social groups that are already at the highest hierarchical levels in the stratification system.In Ukraine, we do not have to deal with a similar liberal and neo-liberal consistency, since the tendencies in the state genesis not so much related to a market economy and a democratic society, but to feudal renovations. The latter determine the reverse of the deconcentration and decentralization of the growth of the power resource, which the state tries to increase, if not reduce, when it is possible.However, in many aspects from a scientific point of view, there is reason to speak about the crisis of statehood due to the reduction of social efficiency of state power. This reduced efficiency for the society manifested in the substantial criminalization of the ruling elites, unproductive consumption, corruption practices, multiple theft and misuse of budget funds, low effectiveness of assistance to socially vulnerable groups of the population.For Ukrainian sociology, the very formation of the problem of state deconstruction seems, although premature, but quite possible in connection with the breakthrough crisis events that may arise due to regional separatism, the inability to pay debt, the growth of corruption to a level that would lead to the delegitimization of the state increasing centrifugal tendencies. The above gives grounds to assert that the problem of crisis and deconstruction of the state is now a terra incognita for Ukrainian sociology and may therefore be considered as an interesting subject of analytical research.


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How to Cite
Romanenko, V. (2018). Social control and transparency of state power: to state the problem of deconstruction of the state in the social discourse of liberalism and neo-liberalism. Grani, 21(11), 54-61.