Local Self–government and the Problems of Local Self–government in Lithuania

Algirdas Astrauskas

Abstract


In this article a presently existing public administration system in Lithuania as well as the position of municipalities (subjects of local self–government) in that system are described, the features of the „real” local self–government are being formulated, potentially possible groups of problems of local self–government are distinguished and currently main problems of municipalities of Lithuania are indicated.
The author of the article notes that in Lithuania up till now the concept of the „real” local self–government has not been clearly and unambiguously defined yet. That makes the formulation of target goals, tasks and means as well as their implementation developing the system of local self–government more difficult. Seeking at least partly to fill the existing gap, the author of the article formulates eight features of the „real” local self–government.
Having defined the problem of local self–government as a deviation from the „normal” conditions for the functioning of the local self–government system that cause negative changes in the system, the author of the article shows the relationship between the „normal” conditions for the functioning of local self–government and the formulated features of the „real” local self–government. According to this relationship the author of the article indicates eight potentially possible groups of problems of local self–government.
On the basis of the accumulated knowledge and acquired experience the author of the article points out five groups of currently particularly important problems for local self–government of Lithuania, which are conditionally named as follows: 1) suppressed independence; 2) insufficient constructiveness of the relationship among different levels of government; 3) economic problems of municipalities; 4) not involving community members in managing local affairs; 5) inertness of municipalities.

Keywords


public administration; local selfgovernment

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603