Importance The article addresses the system of legal, financial, economic, institutional and regulatory relations in the pursuit of priority goals and objectives of social development based on budgetary constraints and changing external factors. It investigates the organization of social programming processes, which cause contradictions and imbalances in the function of individual elements of the mechanism. Objectives The aim is to provide a detailed assessment and conceptual framework for major components of the social programming mechanism from the perspective of organizational forms, internal interactions and relationships with external environment. Methods In the study, we employ comparative and statistical analysis, review the substance and identify differences in the constitutive and law enforcement regional practices of programming. Results The paper updates the concepts and analyzes the content of regional program documents in the sphere of social program budgeting on the case of entities of the Volga Federal District. The elaborated provisions can be applied to formulate and amend regulations of public authorities, recommendations for government program development in the social sphere. Conclusions To improve the function of the social programming mechanism, it is important to devise social programs that focus on real qualitative social transformation, enable to get a visible social effect and meet the needs of a particular individual, subject to the level of achieved development and the potential of the socio-economic system.
Keywords: programming mechanism, social programming, government program, financial support, social sphere
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