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The European Charter of Local Self-Government: A Treaty for Local Democracy

Chris Himsworth


The first critical study of the 1985 international treaty that guarantees the status of local self-government (local autonomy). Chris Himsworth analyses the text of the 1985 European Charter of Local Self-Government and its Additional Protocol; traces the Charter’s historical emergence; and explains how it has been applied and interpreted, especially in a process of monitoring/treaty enforcement by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities but also in domestic courts, throughout Europe. Locating the Charter’s own history within the broader recent history of the Council of Europe and the E ... More

Keywords: Local self-government, European Charter of Local Self-Government, local autonomy, treaty enforcement, Council of Europe, European Union, local government, monitoring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781474403337
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Himsworth, author
University of Edinburgh