The high level of socio-economic differentiation of the territorial development of Russia actualizes the problem of finding new effective tools for its alignment. The disclosure of the region's self-development potential can become a condition for the transition of a poorly developed subsidized region to the category of self-developing ones. This requires a review of the mechanism for the formation and implementation of regional policy based on the identification and assessment of the potential for self-development of the region.
The purpose of the study is to create a methodological approach to identifying the concept of "potential for self-development of the region" and its assessment, as well as to adjust the regional policy aimed at identifying and implementing the potential for self-development of subsidized regions.
The information base of the study: the official materials of the Federal state statistics service of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, EMISS, World Bank data, expert opinions of RBC, Garant, and RIA.
Research results. The features of Russia's socio-economic development in the context of its territorial division are revealed, contradictions and existing restrictions on the country's uniform territorial development are systematized. The concept of "potential for self-development of the region" was identified and its structural components were clarified. The method of identifying and evaluating the self-development potential of the subsidized region in accordance with its structural features is proposed (in the context of economic and social, dynamic and static, internal and external components). The mechanism of transition of the subsidized region to self-developing regions based on regional policy adjustments is proposed.