№ 4, 2003
The world experience in the sphere of self-government is extremely manifold. It is usually considered that Europe has formed two main models of local self-government that spread in this or that combination around the whole world – an Anglo-Saxon and a continental models. The article analyses both models and their main variations. The author also focuses her attention on the experience of administrative and territorial reforms, including the recent ones, in the post-socialist countries (Poland and the GDR). It is particularly stressed that the success of the local self-government reforms is due not only to an administrative factor, but rather to their economic stimulation. The article emphasizes that while interpreting foreign models of local self-government it is important to avoid usual Russian stereotypes and mistakes (the examples are cited). Thus, the efficiency of applying international experience to Russia depends on whether and to what extent this experience is understood.
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