№ 3, 2004
The author reviews the development of the institutes of local self-government in Russia since the time of Catherine II. This was the time when the attempt of involving elected officials to local self-government had been successfully realized and brought long term results. Analyzing further steps in this direction the author pays special attention to the time of great reforms of the second half of the XIX-th century (introduction of local councils, municipal reform, etc.)
D. Tikhonov draws attention to the interchange of the periods of political modernization and counter-reforms. In his opinion, informal autonomy existed even in Stalin period, although the principle of democratic centralism is little compatible with the formal autonomy of local self-governments.
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