Community Development in the context of the power decentralization in Ukraine

  • V. P. Berezinskiy Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk national university
Keywords: local government, authority, the democratization of power relations, the principle of subsidiarity, workable community

Abstract

The aim of the study is to define opportunities of development of the community in the implementation of the power decentralization reform in Ukraine. It has been shown that the principle of decentralization provides for territorial and political unity of the state by a legal delimitation of powers between central government agencies and regional public authorities (or local authorities). It makes it clear that the issue of power decentralization in Ukraine has a constitutional and legal framework, as the Main Law states that the power system is based on a combination of centralization and decentralization. The requirement of power decentralization has been constitutionally justified. It has been revealed that according to the State Regional Development Strategy, the following priorities of the state regional policy are: increase of the competitiveness of regions; territorial socio-economic integration and spatial development; effective governance in regional development. It has been disclosed that in Ukraine the deepening of the decentralization is aimed at the strengthening of the role of local self-government, empowerment of the representative authorities of local communities to get more authority for managing local affairs, deprivation of local power authorities for the preparation and fulfilment of budgets in regions, the transfer of significant powers and financial resources from government to local self-governmental authorities. It has been proved that decentralization contributes to the democratization of the local government and the development of local community as the ultimate goals of the reform of the power decentralization are the creation and maintenance of good living environment for citizens. This reform should correspond to interests of citizens in all spheres of life, and it must support on the relevant territory. In this regard, series of legislative acts were adopted («On a voluntary association of local communities», «On cooperation of local communities») on enlargement of communities, providing them with bigger financial autonomy, transferring to the local level functions of registration and granting permission for certain activities, implementing the principle of transparency in the decision-making process of local governments. Also it has been found that during the implementation of the power decentralization reform in Ukraine, points of economic growth should be created being necessary conditions for sustainable, uniform and self-sustaining economic and social development of local communities.

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Published
2017-03-23
How to Cite
Berezinskiy, V. P. (2017). Community Development in the context of the power decentralization in Ukraine. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 20(1), 48-54. https://doi.org/10.15421/17178
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