• Vladimir A. Sologub South-Russia Institute of Management – branch of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
  • Irina A. Hasheva South-Russia Institute of Management – branch of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Keywords: centralization, local self-government, the hyper-concentration of power, political culture, decentralization, the ‘power vertical’, competence, autonomy.


Local self-government existed throughout the history of Russia, regardless of the successive forms of government. Despite some transformations in the municipal sphere, certain objectives of Russia’s municipal reform have not been realized. This article describes the reasons for permanent reform of local government in the plane of standard and legal character, the financial and economic limitations of the municipality, and the low activity of self-organization of citizens. Moreover, authors provide the results of a public poll regarding the reform of the local self-government and give an assessment of the results of the reforms undertaken and define the existing problems and prospects of developing local government as objectives of this research. Authors concluded that the existing system of local self-government needs modernization and should be based on certain strategy and tactics involving historical approach and analysis of current socioeconomic conditions for future progress.


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