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Theoretical basis of non-government associations’ social resources attraction to the needs of regional development in a decentralized environment


The Revolution of Dignity, other events of 2014-2015 in Ukraine indicate a significant potential ofdifferent social groups public activity. The planned decentralization is a major reform aimed at fundamentalchangesnot only in public administration sector in Ukraine, but also in the entire system of social relations. Civilsociety and NGOs activity play special role in these processes. The study is devoted to the analysis of theoreticalapproaches to determine the nature and structure of social resources of NGOs, and to the justification of theoreticaland methodological approach to develop mechanisms to implicate social resources of associations to ensure thedevelopment of Ukraine’s regions in decentralization context.

The paper explores the applicability of the classicaltheory of social resources and the resource mobilization theory for the revitalization of NGOs in Ukraine byimplicating social resources. In particular, it concerns public activities in the area of regional development. Thecreation of mechanisms aimed at the development and implicating NGO’s social resources is a prerequisite for thedecentralization and other reforms in Ukraine. It is shown that sociocultural approach is appropriate to ensurecompliance mechanisms to implicate social resources with Ukrainian social characteristics (first–worldview andvalue-motivational). It is possible to use the socio-cultural approach as a methodological basis for the use of theresource mobilization theory.

This will determine the status of social resources, indicators to measure it andcapabilities to implicate social resources of NGOs to the needs of regional development. Addressing these problemscreate the necessary conditions for the development and implementation of effective mechanisms of implicating NGO’s social resources in the processes of reform and development.

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