Local government

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The local government is that part of the public administration which , as a city, municipality and district administration as well as a special purpose association in its capacity as an authority or administrative body, exercises local sovereignty as a right similar to fundamental rights.


In Germany, the local government performs public tasks and is part of the state administration . Local self-government is constitutionally guaranteed ( Article 28 (2 ) of the Basic Law ). The local government in Germany is in the different municipal codes and county ordinances regulated. It is particularly the subject of administrative reform and budget consolidation .


Local governments also perform local tasks in other countries, for example in Austria , France , the Netherlands and Israel .

At the European level one speaks of local administrative units . The European Charter of Local Self-Government has existed since 1985 .


  • Local science institute of the University of Potsdam (ed.), Hansjürgen Bals, Hans Hack, Christoph Reichard: The new local government. 11 volumes, Hüthig Jehle Rehm, Berlin / Munich 2001 ff. ( Overview of the volumes on www.uni-potsdam.de ).

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Philipp Reimer : 5 minutes on administrative structure: a small introduction to the organization law of the federal and state governments . In: Bonner Rechtsjournal . Special edition, no. 1 , 2018, p. 10-14 ( PDF ).