4. Tat’yana A. Brachun, Elena A. Shirokova, Svetlana G. Koval’chuk

Local Government: From Spontaneous Consolidation Practices to the Development of an Approach to Improving Municipal Territorial Organization (Through the Example of Individual Municipalities of the Magadan Region)

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Tat’yana A. Brachun
Professor of Northeastern State University, Ph.D. in Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, Associate Professor
Portovaya Str. 13, Magadan, Russian Federation, 685000
Elena A. Shirokova
Associate Professor of Northeastern State University, Ph.D. in Economics, Associate Professor
Portovaya Str. 13, Magadan, Russian Federation, 685000
Svetlana G. Koval’chuk
Associate Professor of Northeastern State University, Ph.D. in Economics
Portovaya Str. 13, Magadan, Russian Federation, 685000

Aim. The presented study aims to identify heterogeneous and competing factors that affect the socio-economic development of municipalities of the Magadan region resulting from the reformation of the local government.
Tasks. The authors characterize the municipalities of the Magadan region, which serve as the basis of the study, before and after reformation, analyze the implemented reforms, and assess the economic and managerial efficiency of territorial transformations.
Results. Among the major advantages of transformation of districts into municipalities is the reduced number of administrative personnel and lack of inter-elite conflict among district and settlement authorities. However, it can be firmly concluded that the reform has contributed to the reduction of financial autonomy of the municipalities of the Magadan region.
Conclusion. Examination of reforms in the territorial organization of local government in the Magadan region as a process, along with identification of its individual periods (stages) and typical measures for each period, not only makes it possible to determine the specific problems of municipalities, but also provides insight into the factors that affect the results of the reform. Three municipalities are taken as an example: Municipal Formation “Tenkinsky Urban District”, Municipal Formation “Khasynsky Urban District”, and Municipal Formation “Susumansky Urban District”. The most recent period of 2014-2017 is taken as the period for the analysis of reformation of local government, and the legal and territorial basis of local government is taken as the components for the identification of factors.

Keywords:Magadan region; municipal reform; territorial organization of local government; economic development level.

Citation:Brachun T. A., Shirokova E. A., Koval’chuk S. G. Mestnoe samoupravlenie: ot stikhiynoy praktiki ukrupneniya k razrabotke podkhoda po sovershenstvovaniyu munitsipal’ noy territorial’noy organizatsii (na primere otdel'nykh munitsipal’nykh okrugov magadanskoy oblasti) [Local Government: From Spontaneous Consolidation Practices to the Development of an Approach to Improving Municipal Territorial Organization (Through the Example of Individual Municipalities of the Magadan Region)]. Ekonomika i Upravlenie, 2018, no. 9 (155), pp. 24–31.

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