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Distribution of power as an institutional factor for increasing the effectiveness of initiative budgeting

DOI: 10.34130/2070-4992-2019-4-138-145

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Syatchikhin S. V. – Candidate of Economic Sci-ences; Researcher, Perm branch of the Institute of Economics, Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Perm, Russia; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shelomentsev A. G. – Doctor of Economics, Pro-fessor, Director of the Branch, Kurgan branch of the Institute of Economics, Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kurgan, Russia; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The distribution of power in the process of initiative budgeting and the impact of its asymmetry on the development of this form of interaction between the citizenry and the government are dealt with in this article. It is shown that the joint action of market failures, the state, civil society and international organizations necessitates a symmetrical distribution of power among participants in proactive budgeting but also to overcome the shortcomings of their functioning. An analysis of the practice of proactive budgeting in Russia revealed six main problems that are the result of an uneven distribution of power among its participants. Particularly, the inclusion of proactive budgeting in the contract system leads to the intro-duction of a corruption element in it, and the public does not have sufficient opportunities to eliminate it. It is concluded that the asymmetry of the distribution of power is a significant factor in inhibiting its development. The analysis of the content of regulatory documents and legislative acts of the federal level, designed to regulate the development of public finance. It is revealed that the issue of the distribution of power between the participants in the process of proactive budg-eting at the legislative level is not fully developed. This indicates the need for careful attention to the political aspects of proactive budgeting by the state in order to increase its effectiveness. The results of the work are the justification for the need to develop appropriate institutional models and the subsequent transformation of initiative budgeting, taking into account the requirements for the distribution of power among all participants on the basis of common principles, common values, methods, taking into account the Russian context, including both the demand for reforms (from below) and exist-ing ones reform barriers (above).

distribution of power, failures, initiative budgeting, public participation, public finance, social control, cit-izen involvement, civil society.


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For citation: Syatchikhin S. V., Shelomentsev A. G. Distribution of power as an institutional factor for in-creasing the effectiveness of initiative budgeting // Corporate governance and innovative economic develop-ment of the North: Bulletin of the Research Center of Corporate Law, Management and Venture Capital of Syk-tyvkar State University. 2019. No. 4. Рр. 138–145. DOI: 10.34130/2070-4992-2019-4-138-145.