Journal section "Development of municipal formations"

The Formation of Digital Space at the Municipal Level: Overview of Settlements’ Websites

Prokopiev E.A., Kurilo A.E., Gubina O.V.

Volume 12, Issue 5, 2019

Prokop'ev E.A., Kurilo A.E., Gubina O.V. The formation of digital space at the municipal level: overview of settlements’ websites. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2019, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 76–90. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2019.5.65.5

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2019.5.65.5

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The formation of digital economy and transition to electronic government impose qualitatively different demands to authorities’ presence on the Internet. Local authorities are not an exception here. Due to modest financial capabilities of many municipalities, their websites, objectively, cannot match the level of federal and regional web portals. The necessity to meet modern requirements implies the search for acceptable ways to be present online. The article attempts to determine the current state of spatial distribution of municipal authorities’ digital involvement on the settlement level. To achieve it, we revealed the ways of being present on the Internet, checked the availability of connections between websites of municipalities, gathered information characterizing disclosure of information about dynamics of municipal institution development, identified additional Internet communication channels, and built cartograms. The research includes 313 urban and rural settlements in the Republic of Karelia, the Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Leningrad, and Murmansk oblasts. The results of the study indicate that the digital space of this territory at the municipal level is almost completely formed and has a low degree of mutual integration of its Internet resources. It is shown that the most popular way of providing information about the settlement on the Internet – website – is not the best. It is revealed that local governments rarely use social media as an auxiliary or alternative channel of Internet communication with local residents. It is noted that the majority of settlements orientate toward practices used in settlements of their municipal district, while creating and maintaining webpages without borrowing the experience of neighboring districts and regions. The results of this study might be used for qualitative improvement of municipalities’ activities conducted online and formation of e-government on regional and municipal levels


municipalities, website, digital economy, electronic government, settlements

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