Бюджетное право. Учебник
The issue is devoted to the problematic aspects of legal support and the functioning of the CATE regime, such as: 1) the absence of a clear distinction of powers of the Russian Federation, regions and municipalities related to the ensuring CATE’s life; 2) financial dependence on CATE of the Federal Center; 3) issues connected with the business and investments in CATE. The authors identify several improvements in the legal regulation of the regime.
An electronic auction, as one of the relatively new methods of procurement, has both positive aspects and disadvantages. The article briefly discusses the prospect of extending electronic bidding rules to other ways of placing orders
Since 2008, the world economy has been facing consequences of the global financial crisis. One of them is rapid growth in public debt in most advanced economies, which resulted from an overoptimistic estimate of fiscal situation before the crisis, declining government revenue and increasing social expenditure during the crisis, costs of the banking system restructuring, countercyclical fiscal policies, etc.
For this reason, many governments are trying to determine a ‘safe’ level of fiscal deficit and public debt. However, this is not an easy task. There is no single standard of fiscal safety for all economies. Besides, a globalized economy and irregular business cycle make it difficult to find out in which phase of the cycle a given economy is at the moment, while this is essential to assess fiscal indicators.
Historical experience shows that default risk may materialize at different levels of public debt, sometimes seemingly very low. In fact, a ‘safe’ borrowing level is country-specific and depends on many factors and often unpredictable circumstances. However, given the tense situation in global markets, the ‘safe’ level of public debt is lower than it used to be a decade ago. Another argument for a cautious approach concerns a highly pro-cyclical nature of such measures as the fiscal deficit to GDP or public debt to GDP ratios.
Lessons of the latest crises also indicate importance of more accurate estimation of countries’ contingent fiscal liabilities, particularly of those relating to the stability in the financial sector. If looking into the future, a correct estimation of other contingent liabilities, particularly those related to social welfare systems (implicit debt of the public pension and health systems) are of primary importance in the context of the ageing society and population decline. These liabilities far exceed official statistics on the public debt in some counties. As a result, such statistics does not present an adequate picture of the nation's public debt and actual fiscal burden that will be imposed on the shoulders of the following generations of taxpayers.
The review provides a detailed analysis of main trends in Russia's economy in 2013. The paper contains 6 big sections that highlight single aspects of Russia's economic development: the socio-political context; the monetary and credit spheres; financial sphere; the real sector; social sphere; institutional challenges. The paper employs a huge mass of statistical data that forms the basis of original computation and numerous charts.
Тhe article is devoted to research of features of organization and legal regulation of the system of a regional financial control in the Russian Federation. The purpose of this article is to systematize all legal and the other information about a regional financial control (including a municipal financial control), to define its place in the system of a state financial control.
The objectives of this paper is to substantiate the idea that enforcement of the transparency principle is an major indicator of the state budgetary system quality, an indicator of a state real interest in transparency of the intergovernmental fiscal relations. Eventually enforcement of the transparency principle is an effective measure against tax evasion and charges and this will allow to supplement the federal budget not by raising existing taxes and fees or introducing new one, but by increasing the number of taxpayers. Study of this article is interesting not only to scholars specialized in the budget law but also to public officials involved in implementing fiscal policy of the Russian Federation.
The paper examines the structure, governance, and balance sheets of state-controlled banks in Russia, which accounted for over 55 percent of the total assets in the country's banking system in early 2012. The author offers a credible estimate of the size of the country's state banking sector by including banks that are indirectly owned by public organizations. Contrary to some predictions based on the theoretical literature on economic transition, he explains the relatively high profitability and efficiency of Russian state-controlled banks by pointing to their competitive position in such functions as acquisition and disposal of assets on behalf of the government. Also suggested in the paper is a different way of looking at market concentration in Russia (by consolidating the market shares of core state-controlled banks), which produces a picture of a more concentrated market than officially reported. Lastly, one of the author's interesting conclusions is that China provides a better benchmark than the formerly centrally planned economies of Central and Eastern Europe by which to assess the viability of state ownership of banks in Russia and to evaluate the country's banking sector.
The paper examines the principles for the supervision of financial conglomerates proposed by BCBS in the consultative document published in December 2011. Moreover, the article proposes a number of suggestions worked out by the authors within the HSE research team.