In the article necessity of state policy correction in relation to the cities in Russia towards decentralization and differentiation is stated. The mechanisms that allow to increase autonomy of the large cities and urban agglomerations are offered along with the corresponding calculations and expert estimates. Also attention is paid to the problems of absence at the state level of urban agglomeration concept and imperfection of state statistics concerning cities.
Authors: Popov R. A., Municipal Economic Development Department of the Institute for Urban Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Puzanov A. S., Institute for Urban Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Polidi T. D., Institute for Urban Economics, Moscow.
Keywords: cities; urbanization; urban agglomeration; state policy; local government; decentralization.