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Stability Factors in Russia's Municipal Strategic Planning Systems

Regional Research of Russia. 2012. Vol. 2. No. 3. P. 241-254.
Zhikharevich B. S.

Empirical testing of how different internal and external factors influence the stability of municipal strategic planning system (MSPS’s) is discussed. The methods of collection, analysis, and coding of data on the creation and further development of Russia’s first municipal and regional strategic plans worked out in 2000-2004 are considered. A preliminary study of 18 cases describing the long-term results of municipal strategic planning are analyzed. An analysis of formally described cases allowed for the singling out of five urban groups different from each other in the impact of the first strategic planning projects implemented about ten years ago on further MSPS development. The situations observed were either distinctly unsuccessful (when the initial strategic document was not used a year or two later and only remained formal) or distinctly successful (when the first strategic document was regularly renewed, extended, and became a basis for an operating MSPS). To a larger degree, the successful was determined by such factors as stability in local government, legal status of a strategic planning document, and organization level of strategy implementation. In addition, significant are such factors as publicity of formulation and implementation and activity of public participation.