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Local government law is primarily made up of special exceptions to and provisions concerning laws of general application, both substantive and procedural. Starting with that premise, this survey is classified into two basic subsections: exceptions resulting from relations between sovereign agents, and exceptions resulting from relations between a sovereign agent and private parties. Because of a trend believed to be of significance with regard to other areas of law, the section on financial policy is considered separately as another subdivision herein.

Satisfactory review of all of the substantive legal subjects touched upon by decisions and legislation which involved local agents of the sovereign is beyond the scope of this article.