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Institutional forms to increase capacity for sustainable urban development: foreign and Russian experience

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M.N. Makarova, Institute of Economics, Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Candidate of Economics, senior researcher at the Centre of socioeconomic dynamics research, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This article is devoted to the review of foreign and domestic experience to increase the capacity of sustainable urban development. The relevance of this research topic is due to some facts. On the one hand, small and medium-sized cities ensure the cohesion of the social and economic space of the Russian regions. On the other hand, they have a lower life quality compared to megacities, and therefore drastically lose their own population. That is why the research interest concerns development of small towns and ways to solve their problem. The article considers foreign experience in capacity to increase of cities’ sustainable development and identifies three predominant institutional forms to implement sustainable urban development policy. The paper discusses the UN and the EU supranational urban development policy as well as associative forms of stakeholder interaction to exchange the best practices of urban development. The practice of urban development policy formation in Russia is analyzed. The article reveals that being under economic and social pressure Russian cities need to enforce the most promising institutional forms to improving the efficiency of urban development such as the principles of sustainable development, mechanisms of inter-municipal cooperation and strategic planning. In addition, some problems of their implementation were identified.

Keywords: small city, institutional forms, sustainable development, strategy, inter-municipal cooperation, potential.

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For citation: Makarova M. N. Institutional forms to increase capacity for sustainable urban development: foreign and Russian experience // Corporate governance and innovative economic development of the North: Bulletin of the Research Center of Corporate Law, Management and Venture Capital of Syktyvkar State University. 2018. № 3. P. 14-21.