№ 4, 2003
Self-organization of the population as a practice of local self-government.
The article deals with the problems of developing territorial local self-government. The authors study the forms and methods of people’s participation in the process of establishing neighborhoods, they cite multiple examples of self-organization of people living in different regions of the country (including the rural population). The article also analyzes the difficulties that the organizations of territorial public self-government have to overcome, among which they name the unpreparedness of Russian authorities and Russian business to invest money into projects initiated by people, the lack of qualified specialists and a system of their training.
№ 4, 1998
Involving vast concrete material, the author analyses the activity of various neighbourhood communities and of all sorts of movements emerging and organized around local problems of housing, communal services and living conditions in a broader sense, and dwells on their role in community self-government at the local level. Special attention is given to the origin, history and experience of communal self-government committees in Moscow.
As a matter of fact, community organizations deal with the same problems as the local government bodies do. A constructive cooperation between the two sides, by way of social partnership, might be beneficial for both and for society as a whole. Yet, although local authorities are now changing their attitude to the initiatives of the citizens, many local representatives and functionaries still believe that governing the local community is the privilege of the elect, and consider community organizations to be just their competitors.
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