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State Control over Urban Local Governments

There are two antithetical views about the supervision and control of state government over municipal bodies. The advocates of populism who are staunch supporters of unbridled municipal democracy are opposed to any sort of interference by state government. They believe that the control and supervision of the municipal institutions is unwarranted, unnecessary and fraught with mischief; and that self-government would cease to be so if it is made subject to external control and supervision.1 They further contend that decentralization implies complete autonomy without any outside restrictions and limitations, that centralization of powers would tend to transform local government into local administration; ...

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