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Region: Economics and Sociology

2011 year, number 1

Municipal units and innovation development

A.S. Marshalova, A.S. Novoselov
Keywords: municipal units, peculiarities of regional reproduction processes, innovation policy, competitiveness, cluster, indicators of socio-economic development
Pages: 225-234


The study analyses the development problems of small cities and rural municipalities in the context of transition to the innovation development of economy. Since many of Russian rural municipalities are not yet fully industrialized, the innovations must take place first of all in governance which, in its turn, could stimulate technological modernization of traditional sectors and the development of regional clusters where municipal units may yield the advantages they have and thus have higher competitiveness.