Analytical tools for economic research of small municipalities and gaming techniques for community involvement (the case of Voronezh region in Russia)

Maria I. Solosina, Irina N. Shchepina


Relevance. The article deals with the issues of strategic territorial development in Russian regions and municipalities and the analytical tools for studying them. While there is a diversity of tools for studying large municipalities, the choice of tools for smaller urban and rural settlements is quite limited. This is the research gap this study seeks to address.  

Research objective. This study focuses on the case of municipal districts and settlements in Voronezh region. The aim is to show how the proposed methodology can be applied for such cases.

Data and methods. The study relies on the methods of systemic analysis and synthesis, comparison and generalization, multidimensional statistics as well as on the use of gaming techniques. The data for the analysis were obtained from federal, regional and municipal statistics; municipal information systems of settlements of Voronezh region; municipal information system MISS ‘Volost’; and from the executive authorities of Voronezh region.

Results. The analysis of the set of indicators, including the municipal product to GRP, for the period between 2006 and 2015 has shown that the town of Liski is one of the leading municipalities in Voronezh district (the municipal product of Liskinsky accounts for over 5% of the region’s GRP).

We also applied our gaming technique to establish communication between the authorities and local communities in developing the project for creation of a historical and archeological park in the settlement of Kostenki in Voronezh region.  

Conclusions. The proposed methodology can be quite productive in building socio-economic profiles of small municipalities, comparing them with others and revealing the interrelations between them. The gaming techniques are effective for enhancing the involvement of local communities in municipal strategic planning.


analytical tools, gaming techniques, strategic territorial development, municipality, systemic approach

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