Journal section "Regional economics"

Overcoming Socio-Economic Inequality as a Condition for Sustainable and Balanced Spatial Development of the Region

Gubanova E.S., Kleshch V.S.

Volume 12, Issue 5, 2019

Gubanova E.S., Kleshch V.S. Overcoming socio-economic inequality as a condition for sustainable and balanced spatial development of the region. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2019, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 44–57. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2019.5.65.3

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2019.5.65.3

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As the spatial structure of the economy is undergoing transformation, we observe the aggravation of a number of problems that hinder sustainable development of constituent entities of the Russian Federation; and a special place among them belongs to significant intraregional differences in socio-economic parameters. Overcoming spatial disparities should become an imperative for the development of the country and its regions in the long term. This confirms the need for further scientific understanding of the complex of issues related to the improvement of regulation of spatial development of regions; this determines the goal of our paper. In the course of the study conducted on the materials of the Vologda Oblast, we have found out that the majority of municipalities have an asymmetrical type of development with increasing differences between the areas of concentration of economic activity near major cities in the region and the rest of the territory; this indicates the process of compression of space. The paper proposes an approach to state regulation of spatial development of the region, based on its representation, on the one hand, as a complex system, and on the other hand, as a socio-economic area. Scientific novelty of the approach lies in the fact that it is based on principles and methods that help promote the development and self-development of municipalities, take into account their features and patterns of functioning, and orient municipalities toward solving strategic problems. The study is based on methods such as system analysis and system synthesis, generalization, comparison, and comparative analysis. The results of the study can be used in the activities of regional authorities and local government. Theoretical generalizations contained in the article can be used as materials for scientific discussion


region, municipalities, spatial development, vologda oblast, uneven socio-economic development

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