Regional Strategies in Russia - norms and practices

Lead Author Viktoria , Kuznetcova
Institution Contact Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development and Investment Activity of Leningrad Oblast
Theme Theme 5: New Markets for the Arctic, including Trade, Tourism and Transportation
Session Name 5.3 Management of the High North: the role of context, strategies and plans
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Russian strategizing before 2014 demonstrated the diversity of approaches and schools of thought. The other side of the coin was little focus on the implementation that led to the ‘devaluation’ of public strategies. The federal law #172 “On strategic planning in the Russian Federation”, adopted in 2014 sets the normative framework for public strategies: 6 and 12 years planning cycles, rigid system of links between planning documents as well as state budgetary programs as a mean of implementation. Due to the federal construction of state governance, Russia’s regions receive a sufficient level of autonomy in strategic planning. In 2015, the Leningrad region has developed its 2030 strategy - within the guidelines of the federal legislation, but bringing in significant innovations. The new strategy demonstrates a shift from classic competitive regional strategy in the Porter’s terms to the kind of corporate type of strategy. It defines realistic priorities and makes a strong focus on the implementation, employing project management methodology to track key regional development projects. Besides, the document addresses regional governance reform as an essential mechanism of enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of regional government as well bridging the strategic and the operational levels of planning.
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