Subject The subject of the research is the indicators of socio-economic development of regions and criteria enabling to assess the efficiency of executive authorities in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Objectives Our aims are to identify strengths and weaknesses of the existing approach to assessment of executive authorities' efficiency in the subjects of the Russian Federation; to develop criteria and a methodological approach to estimate how goals are attained within the public administration. Methods We employ a systems and targeted approach, generalization, methods of comparative analysis, expert evaluation and elements of quantitative statistical analysis. Results We offer our own methodology to assess the efficiency of public administration. It rests on the method of distances, enabling a full assessment and a comparative analysis of executive authorities' efficiency in regions. If used in practice, the methodology will help estimate the degree of problems, dynamics and development prospects for the subjects of the Russian Federation to find solutions to public finance management and eliminate disparities in socio-economic development of regions. Conclusions The proposed methodological approach is helpful for a comparative analysis and comprehensive evaluation of executive authorities' efficiency, unbiased estimation of the depth of current problems, prospects for regions' development.
Keywords: methodology, assessment, efficiency, administration, public finance
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