The term ‘local democracy’ refers to the decentralization of power and responsibility to democratic institutions at village, municipal, city, town, district, county, and equivalent local levels.
The decentralization of powers to larger, intermediate-level units (such as states, provinces and regions) is discussed in the Federalism Primer (also in this series).
International IDEA’s Constitution-Building Primers are designed to assist in-country constitution-building or constitutional-reform processes by helping citizens, political parties, civil society organisations, public officials, and members of constituent assemblies make wise constitutional choices.
They also provide guidance for staff of intergovernmental organizations and other external actors working to provide well-informed, context-relevant support to local decision-makers.
What is the issue?
Approaches to constitutionalizing local democracy
Protecting and enhancing local democracy
Alternatives to local democracy
References, resources and further reading