Experts: the rating of the head of the Leningrad region due to the strength of the economy


When preparing the ranking, researchers turned to open source materials and insider information, but the main attention is traditionally paid to the regional and Federal experts. This is the source of information determined the final results of the study.

St. PETERSBURG, 11 Dec./strong>. The head of Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko took second place in the North-West in the rating of influence of heads of subjects of the Russian Federation that, according to experts, due to the reserve strength of the regional economy and effective communication of the Governor.

The head of the region still occupies a leading position in the Russian grid. As in previous similar studies, it is defined by the experts in the group “very strong influence” rating: Drozdenko 15-th place in Russia.

According to the research center for information communications “Rating” on assessment of activity of heads of subjects of the Russian Federation for July-August 2015, in the summer the head of the region included in the first group. Then he took 23 place in National ranking of the governors. In November Drozdenko strengthened its position in the first group, finishing in 22nd place in the national grid.

When preparing the ranking, researchers turned to open source materials and insider information, but the main attention is traditionally paid to the regional and Federal experts. This is the source of information determined the final results of the study.

Experts point to the effectiveness of his campaign and the lack of high-profile scandals, which fully corresponds to the priorities of the Federal rate and is the image “plus” for the head of the region.

Among the factors that influenced such a high position in the rankings of the Governor of Leningrad region, the authors of the study include the implementation of several important for the economy of the region infrastructure projects. Among them: the statement of Alexander Drozdenko about the expansion in 2016 benefits for “children of war” and the opening in Vsevolozhsk multicentre of social and labour integration of people with disabilities.

“I think that the stability of the rating is due to Alexander Drozdenko, on the one hand — robust economy of the Leningrad region. In the region, which periodically appears in the area of risks, as largely dependent on global economic processes, as a transit region. However, the region cope, the economy has been successfully diversified. The region managed to be attractive to many market players,” says political scientist Mikhail Vinogradov.

He recalled that the ports of the Leningrad region are large nodes of transit of oil and oil products. In addition, pipeline transport of the Leningrad region includes the largest export oil and gas pipelines of Russia, including the Baltic pipeline system, Baltic pipeline system II, Nord stream, and others.

“On the other hand, the success Drozdenko was due to the fact that there has not been made major mistakes in the conduct of gubernatorial elections in the Leningrad region. His election program was bright and rich. In addition, managed to avoid the scandals during the election campaign”, — said the expert.

Governor Drozdenko won a convincing victory by a wide margin from other candidates. For Drozdenko was filed 82% of the vote, while none of his competitors scored and 10% of the vote. The turnout for elections in the Leningrad region, where there are more than 1.3 million voters, amounted to 44,52%.

Political scientist Dmitry Gavra also notes the large number of objective and subjective factors contributing to the stability of the rating Drozdenko.

“A lot of factors … associated with effective work with the budget of the Leningrad region. Crisis phenomena in the economy was softer in the 47 region than even in neighbouring regions. This also applies to investment activity, working with the St. Petersburg suburban areas, working with investors who are building houses in the area. Furthermore, there has been good work with the “group conflict of interest” — the Governor and his appointed government after the elections team can deal with this,” — said the expert.

Among the subjective factors for success political scientist called media the effectiveness of the head region. “Drozdenko pays much attention to personal communications, his media presence and direct communication with districts. This work is built so efficiently that allows you to ascertain a decent level of confidence on the part of the region’s residents”, — he noted.

The methodology of the National rating of governors is structured in five thematic modules. The first (basic) module, combines sociological research of Fund “Public opinion” and peer review. The second module based on the data of Federal service of state statistics of the Russian Federation. In the third module evaluates the indicators of social well-being of regions of Russia. The fourth module is based on an assessment of the economic situation in the RF subjects. Finally, the fifth module examines the media component of the activity of heads of regions.

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