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The Monitoring of Initiative Budgeting Development in Russian Regions: Methodology and Practice of Organization

Vladimir V. Vagin (), Natalia Shapovalova () and Nadezda Gavrilova
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Vladimir V. Vagin: Financial Research Institute, Moscow 127006, Russia

Finansovyj žhurnal — Financial Journal, 2019, issue 2, 51-64

Abstract: The article presents an approach to monitoring of the initiative budgeting practices implementation. Within this monitoring the data is collected from the regional authorities and used in the framework of the Procedure for Interaction between the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the financial authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on the formation of the Report on Best Practices for Initiative Budgeting Development in the Subjects of the Russian Federation and Municipalities. Today this monitoring is the only federal source of data on how initiative budgeting practices are developed in Russia, therefore it solves the problems of not only studying, but also scaling the best practices of initiative budgeting in the country. The article describes the evolution of monitoring since 2015, its methodology, quantitative and qualitative indicators, characteristics and objectives of the transition from monitoring to evaluation of the effectiveness of such practices. In this study the authors analyze the data for 2017, create the typology of practices of subjects of the Russian Federation in the context of the applied citizen participation mechanisms, identify the most popular types of public infrastructure projects chosen by citizens. Furthermore, the article defines the problems associated with monitoring, in particular the inability to verify the real participation of citizens through the desk research methods.

Keywords: participatory budgeting; initiative budgeting; citizen engagement; public participation; direct democracy; monitoring of the initiative budgeting development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H72 H76 H79 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.31107/2075-1990-2019-2-51-64

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