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The European Charter of Local Self-GovernmentA Treaty for Local Democracy$
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Chris Himsworth

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403337

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403337.001.0001

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Charter Impact: Influencing Local Self-Government in Europe

Charter Impact: Influencing Local Self-Government in Europe

(p.143) 6 Charter Impact: Influencing Local Self-Government in Europe
The European Charter of Local Self-Government

C. M. G. Himsworth

Edinburgh University Press

An important question in relation to the European Charter of Local Self-Government is how to measure the treaty’s actual impact on the law and practice of local government in Europe. This chapter offers a response, distinguishing principally between that group of states (broadly in Western Europe and including the United Kingdom) which became signatories to the Charter from 1985 and, on the other hand, those states of Central and Eastern Europe who undertook major political and constitutional transformations from the early 1990s and came late to the Council of Europe and the Charter. The Charter became an important dimension in applications for membership of the European Union.

Keywords:   European Charter of Local Self-Government, Council of Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, European Union, Treaty, United Kingdom

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