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Networking of small cities to gain sustainability

Zhanna Mingaleva, Marina Sheresheva, Matvey Oborin and Tatyana Gvarliani
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Zhanna Mingaleva: Perm National Research Polytechnic University
Matvey Oborin: MSU - Lomonosov Moscow State University
Tatyana Gvarliani: Sochi State University

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Abstract: The paper addresses networking as a basis for cooperation of small cities leading to more sustainable regional development at the city, regional, and federal level. It is shown that networking of cities can contribute to increasing sustainability in many ways. Still, additional research is needed to adjust best management practices discussed in the relevant academic literature to the peculiarities of transition economies. The objective of the research presented in the paper was to help regional and municipal authorities in the optimization of territorial development planning aimed at long-term sustainability. Research was carried out in Russia on an example of two regions, namely Perm Krai and Vladimir Oblast. The case study revealed that local authorities underestimate the potential of small cities in raising regional sustainability. Actually, a number of small cities in both regions have hidden competitive advantages but cannot realize them separately, whilst development of regional city networking is a fruitful approach to improve their socioeconomic situation, and to boost sustainable regional development. Therefore, when planning regional development, federal and local authorities should regard the role of small cities, including disadvantaged and depressed ones, as potentially valuable members of a city network. Measures to embed small cities into different types of networks should be based on the thorough assessment of their resources, with the aim to develop collaboration of cities with mutually beneficial network externalities.

Keywords: sustainability; small city; networking; regional development; planning; specialization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-09-29
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Published in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, 2017, 5 (1), pp.140 - 156. ⟨10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1(12)⟩

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