№ 4, 2003
The article bases on the materials of an alternative (at a point when the first version of an official concept of the draft appeared) report of a Working group lead by S.Sobyanin, prepared for the State Council of the Russian Federation. By the way, later a number of propositions from this material were included in a new law on local self-government. The author is sure that the state is responsible for guaranteeing people’s right to local self-government. This approach supposes the need to perfect the current legislation, to optimize the territorial organization, to ensure a rational distribution of authority. Along with this, he believes there should be no unreasonable alienation between state institutions and institutions of local governing.
The author assesses the degree of conformity between the legal bases and the law enforcement practice. He analyzes the problem of a budgetary and financial situation in municipalities, the problems of their accountability and control (both from the population and the government). A special attention is devoted to the priorities in the development of local self-government.
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