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Title of the article Problematic Results and Perspectives of the Local Self-Government Reform in Russia
Pages 107—132
Author Sergey Nikolaevich Leonov
Doctor of Economics, Chief Researcher
Economic Research Institute FEB RAS
153 Tikhookeanskaya Street, Khabarovsk, Russia, 680042
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Abstract The article examines the premises, problems of implementation and results of the local self-government reform that began 25 years ago in Russia. The incentive for resurrecting of local self-government was not political, but economic details of decentralizing the governing based on the ideas of territorial economic accounting and during the years of reform the role of local self-government in the political system of the country had changed – from the local state authorities to the local self-governing authorities, technically independent, but virtually heavily intervened by the government. The article identifies the unsolved problems of the reform over establishing the basics of finance and budgeting for local self-government, when municipalities (based on functions and main sources of budget income) became removed from the development of economic base of corresponding territories, from the dynamics of investment, from the development of business. The actual results of the reform differ strongly from the goals declared. During these 25 years it was impossible to overcome low financial self-sufficiency of municipalities, the loss of population’s influence over formation and activity of local self-governing authorities, incorporation of local authorities into state authority, their particular ‘unitization’. The article substantiates the proposals of perfecting the socio-economic part of the reform in the framework of ‘evolutionary approach’
Code 338.43 (470 + 571)
DOI 10.14530/se.2017.3.107-132
Keywords municipal reform ♦ local self-government ♦ decentralization of power ♦ local budget ♦ Far East
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For citation Leonov S.N. Problematic Results and Perspectives of the Local Self-Government Reform in Russia. Prostranstvennaya Ekonomika = Spatial Economics, 2017, no. 3, pp. 107–132. DOI: 10.14530/se.2017.3.107-132. (In Russian).
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