Journal section "Public administration"

Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Russia: Status, Problems and Prospects of Development

Voroshilov N.V.

Volume 14, Issue 6, 2021

Voroshilov N.V. Inter-municipal cooperation in Russia: Status, problems and prospects of development. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2021, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 141–159. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2021.6.78.8

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2021.6.78.8

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The relevance of the studies on features and problems of how inter-municipal cooperation is organized in Russia is due to the need for favorable regulatory, financial and organizational conditions to promote the development of various forms of such cooperation, including increasing the scale of distribution, substantiating the role of this administrative mechanism in the development of municipalities. We also take into account the need for the Government of the Russian Federation to develop in 2021 a draft of new foundations of the state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of local government development until 2030. Accordingly, the article aims to analyze the current state and problems of organizing inter-municipal cooperation in Russia, to determine the criteria for the necessity and choice of the cooperation form, to substantiate the directions for improving its organization. To achieve the goal, we use such scientific methods as economic and statistical analysis, methods of generalization and expert survey (questionnaire survey of heads of municipal entities of RF constituent entities belonging to the European North of Russia). The scientific novelty of the research lies in the substantiation of a model (algorithm) for determining the very expediency and choice of inter-municipal cooperation organization form. The study shows that currently in Russia, inter-municipal cooperation is mainly carried out in the form of the functioning of the councils of municipalities within RF constituent entities, the conclusion of framework agreements, agreements between municipalities on mutual action, coordination of efforts, and implementation of joint activities. Only 2.8% of the total number of municipalities in the country participate in cooperation most closely (establishing inter-municipal organizations). We have developed appropriate recommendations to the authorities to eliminate the existing obstacles and problems in the development of inter-municipal cooperation. The results of the conducted research can be used in the activities of federal, regional public authorities, local government bodies, and serve as a basis for further research on improving local management system


municipalities, local government, european north of russia, inter-municipal cooperation, questionnaire survey, constituent entity of the russian federation, European North of Russia, constituent entity of the Russian Federation

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