Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 23

The changes of the competence of local self-government and local governance institutions in the field of agriculture

Gintaras Žilinskas

Abstract

Aim of the article: to analyze the tendency of changes of competence of local governance
and local self-government institutions of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of agriculture.
Legislative acts and document analysis methods, comparative and logical analysis methods, as
well as generalization and induction methods are applied in the article. The competence of local
governance and local self-government institutions of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of
land management was analysed in the article. The tendencies of the changes of competence were
defined as well as the criteria of the distribution of the functions between different sub-national
governance institutions were noted in the article. On the basis of legislation it was defined that
the distribution of competence between local governance and local self-government institutions
took place under a changing wavy phases: the phase of decentralization was changed by the centralization
phase (while deconcentrating). Applying the criteria of the separation of public governance
subjects’ competence, the tendency of the expansion of the functions of municipalities in
the field of agriculture (while implementing decentralization policy) was substantiated.

Keyword(s): local self-government, local governance, decentralization, deconcentration, agriculture, competence


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