The book of HSE professor Alexander Obolonsky is devoted to political and administrative morality in different spheres of public life both in general theoretical, historical and contemporary aspects. The author considers the current condition of ethic in the current public life as a serious and dangerous obstacle for positive development of the society. The main chapters of the book are: the fundamental immorality of the Soviet regime, moral defficience of one-dimentional economical approach, political cynisism, geopolitics as a phantom of false consciousness, civil thrust and distrust to political authorities, ethic of civil society member, and specifical features of political, parlamentary, electoral, administrative and journalistic ethic.
The second part of the book includes a number of official documents; the ethical Coded and other regulations in USA. England, Canada and Russia.
The work examines Russia's quest for sovereignty in the Arctic region in the 21st Century. This includes the renewed territorial disputes for the greater Arctic basin, plans for hydrocarbon exploration and new Russian military bases, as well as for the reopening of the intercontinental Northern Sea Route in the conditions of global warming. However, the chapter argues, many of these plans are vain, underresourced and economically unviable. Their value lies in the symbolic sphere of representing Russia's greatness, and supportng the ambitions of a resurgent global power -- or rather, in "simulating sovereignty", to use the concept of Cynthia Weber.