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Системы управления и планирования
Maslanov D.V. - New information and communication technologies for municipal governance: crowdsourcing is a tool for improving citizen-City interaction pp. 1-13


Abstract: This article discusses communication and information technologies, crowdsourcing in particular, which has been used successfully in some regions to improve the interaction between citizens and the local government, resulting in more efficient improvement of the "urban environment". In addition, an inflation of democratic values, or recession of democracy is a modern reality around the globe , therefore the demand for a solidification of legitimacy of municipal power. The city government is better at responding to the needs of the society through crowdsourcing. The credibility of the authorities is increased, thereby increasing its legitimacy in the eyes of the population. The article discusses the experience of Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod in the creation of crowdsourcing platforms aimed at improving the "urban environment". The author comes to the conclusion that the use of crowdsourcing platforms can be very popular to improve "the urban environment" both by society and the government. The use of the resource of active citizens in crowdsourcing projects and e-referendums as they do in Moscow besides the obvious reputational benefits that brings city government to the economic and management benefits.
Ivanov O., Ilinskaya Y. - Stages of escalation of city-planning conflicts in modern Russia pp. 1-13


Abstract:  This article examines the phenomenon of city-planning conflicts in modern Russia, as well as determines the objectively existing complicated moments in studying of the topic. The aforementioned phenomenon is viewed through the prism of the necessity of formulating the universal approach towards understanding the dynamics of escalation of the city-planning conflicts, identification, and studying of the stages of its development. Attention is concentrated on the causes that led to changes in urban space in the process of the continuous urbanization and the impact of economic interests upon the character of urban development. From the perspective of system approach alongside consideration of the existing theories, the author analyses the dynamics of city-planning conflicts and stages of their intensification. The scientific novelty lies in the attempt to systematically explore the city-planning conflicts as a dynamic phenomenon that goes through several stages; in effort to identify these stages, formulate their qualitative diversities, trace the possibility of escalation of the city-planning conflict in terms of upward and downward directions. The author suggests applying the acquired data for managing the conflicts, particularly as preventative measures, taking into account that they involve large number of participants, attract broad public attention, and thus, are ones of the most complicated from the standpoint of their management and resolution. The article substantiates the need for further research of the phenomenon of city-planning conflicts as a whole and stages of their escalation in particular by the experts in the corresponding fields.  
Nemtsev I.A. - Green construction: eco-settlements as part of the steady development concept. pp. 8-25


Abstract: The author analyzes the social problems of Eurasian Union member countries, and, as part of the solution, suggests reorganization of towns (or construction of new settlements, fully or in part), based on the Steady Regional Development Principles, which is a structural part of the global steady development concept. The author examines various concepts that may become the basis of the social component of steady development, such as "new urbanism", "garden city", "Project Venus", etc. The author describes steady development of regions from the urban standpoint (concepts of ecosettlements, noosphere settlements), green construction ("smart" homes, passive and active home, 3-d construction). The methodological basis of this study includes the social and philosophical methods and principles of scientific study. The author also employs general scientific methods, such as comparison, abstraction, idealization, modeling, analysis, synthesis and others. The goal of the study is reached via the perception of humanity as a global interconnected, self-improving system (global evolutionism), and via the principles of general connections between phenomena, development principles, etc. The analysis and solution of the problems at hand is based on general science research approaches. Those problems were solved, based on the concepts and conclusions within the field of study, introduced by modern Russian and foreign authors, researchers and thinkers. The author offers a solution for organizing towns, based on steady development principles (as a synthesis of the most socially and environmentally rational concepts, such as new urbanism, project Venus, "smart" home, etc.). The author substantiates a connection between the natural and the social parts of steady development. Steady development of regions is offered as a basis for the social component of Eurasian Union's steady development.
Sidorov A., Sapron D. - Models of management of public spaces pp. 29-43


Abstract: The public spaces represent an important element of the physical and social territory of any city. Multiple parameters that assist in describing the quality of life of the residents, including their satisfaction with the environment and place of living, depend on the format of organization of the public spaces. Such circumstance defines the necessity to find the ways of efficient management of the aforementioned objects. Thus article focuses attention on the various models of organization of the work of local self-governance aimed at the development of public spaces. The research is based on the general scientific methodology and examination of the normative legal acts that manifest as certain from the contextual perspective limitations upon the development of possible versions. As the scientific results, the author highlights the public, mixed, and private models of management of the public space. It is noted that due to the specificities of the object, the private model that is present in theory cannot be implemented in practice. The public and mixed models have modifications based on the establishment of the centers of responsibility and centralization/decentralization of administration on one hand, and various organizational-legal forms of public-private partnership – on the other. The formulated conclusions can be used by the self-government authorities in establishment and implementation of municipal policy in the area of development of public spaces.
Balueva I.V. - The institute of "Condomnium Elders" and Condominium Councils as a form of self-government in light of inovative reforms of local self-government on the modern stage of development (Nizhnoy Novgorod experience) pp. 43-64


Abstract: The formation of the institute of "condominium elders@ in Nizhniy Novgorod began in May, 24th, 2006, when Nizhniy Novgorod Duma adopted Bylaw #41 "On territorial public self-government in Nizhniy Novgorod". "Elder committees" were formed on the basis of previously-formed House committees. The next step was the creation of Condominium Councils for apartment blocks. Previously, home-owners were obligated to form those councils according to Federal Law #123 "On Amendments to the Housing Code of Russian Federation", as the state believed that such Councils were a suitable form of control and management for residents, while deliberately limiting their legal powers, viewing them solely as an organizational body, thus undermining its usefulness. The author draws special attention to the necessity of creating favourable conditions for the Council's development. It is important to support and nurture local self-government from grassroots level. The Councils provide such support. The methodological basis of this research consists of a multitude of general and specific scientific methods: dialectic, systemic-functional, comparative, system analysis and genarization, functional-structural analysis, problem analysis, logical method. The Condominium Councils may be viewed as a form of local self-government that is created both, from "below" and from "above, under the influence of municipal authorities, being the beginning stage for uniting the home0owners of apartment blocks for solving the issues of housing and communal services in the general system of local self-government. The creation of Condominium Councils is a positive step towards the development of local self-government, representing the creation of a collective body constituted of elected active home-owners who are interested in improving the quality of services.
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