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This kind of typologies was singled out in a single paragraph, though the budget policy is a component of a regional one, which appears fairly logical, for it is the budget that forms its nucleus, i.e. appears, at the same time, both a factor and an indicator of the socio-economic state.
The typology of RF Subjects by their budget collaboration with the federal center is presented in the paper of the Moscow office of east-West Institute49 (see Annex1).
The main purpose of the typologies provided in the paper was the demonstration of cross-regional differentiation in the country by a number of indicators that characterize financial relations between federal; and regional budgets, and such a differentiation remains fairly substantial by all the indices. Thus in particular, there is a stable situation with regions-donors and regions recipients.
An additional typology is the one on political preferences of the local population in regions-donors and regions-recipients. The typology deals with these two groups of regions.
The research output may become useful for researching into interbudgetary relations in the country and for building a more comprehensive typology of regions, particularly for the computing transfers from the federal budget.
The typology of regions by the level and dynamics of budget sufficiency of the population and typology of the Subjects of the Russian Federation by the level of their budget independence developed in the frame of TASIC project50 (see Annex 1).
These typologies were made for the purpose of evaluation of the regions’ budget sufficiency and budget independence. The output of such an evaluation can be used in further studies into the budget sphere of the RF Subjects as well as for the regulation of financial flows between the center and the regions, as well as for the calculation and allocation of transfers.
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The noted reviews of typologies of regions allow a number of conclusions.
During recent years the researchers and politicians have increasingly demonstrated their growing interest in typologies of Russian regions which is related to a huge and increasing differentiation between their socio-economic state. The politicians at both the federal and regional levels also express their interest in the course of pursuance of regional policy.
The interest is easily traced in the respective papers: thus, the variety of the newly created typologies has grown over the last decade, which is related to the expansion of the spheres of practical application of typologies, primarily in the area of decision making by investors, entrepreneurs, etc.
The review of the typologies shows that the comprehensiveness of the applied indicators does not always solve all the problems, while a narrow targeted typology proves to be more efficient in solving a specific problem. The “narrowness” of a typology does not imply a restriction of the number of indicators – it suggests, primarily, a concrete, sole objective. As long as the noted typologies are concerned, it is the unemployment level that is the most frequently used indicator- in 11 of 31 cases, followed by natural and resource capacity- 9 of 31 and GDP per capita- 9 out of 31, while the expert approach is employed in 8 typologies.
Due to the growing need, the typologization procedure requires improvement related to certain difficulties and directions of their overcoming, as fixed by experts in geography51:
- The difficulties related to the problem of adequacy of the methods employed to the nature and level of strictness of the pre-set tasks – there are attempts to modify the methods of statistical processing of indicators in such a direction, so that to ensure a spatial status, for instance, by using a cartographic method; while attempting to solve the problem, the researchers’ (and not only geographers’) attention is focused on the theory of instruct multitudes and attempts to elaborate>
- the problem of a optimal selection of the system of initial indicators- in addition to the research into the essence of the complex that allows identification of the circle of indicators that reflect that, the experts also suggest an experimental testing of the level of their impact on the final result;
- a different level of significance, importance of the employed indicators for the characteristics of complexes (some of them are so much important that their exclusion would not allow modeling the respective phenomena, while the others just complement the main system)- the experts relate the solution of this problem to the need in “weighing” of indicators that leads to the differentiation of the level of their impact on the final result. There also are attempts to justify the “weighing” system with an expert survey on specialists in the particular subject of the research;
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- the incompatibility of indicators used to describe any sign in different territories, which is related to both the imperfection of the available data ( for instance, due to the differences in approaches to evaluation of the indicator in different countries) and to the absence of objective methods of their definition ( the example of the latter situation is the concept of economic and geographic position)- at this point, it is recommended to construct artificial indicators.
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