Vanderbilt Law Review

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The growing interest displayed by the law reviews in the legal problems of local government reflects a gratifying increase in research and scholarly activity in the field.' This interest on the part of law school scholarly media is especially noteworthy, since the world of legal education has a peculiar responsibility to identify and engage in thoughtful study of the great legal problems of contemporary society.

In this brief paper an effort is made to place the problem of making appropriate legal provision for local autonomy in more adequate perspective. That is a rather ambitious venture. One is moved by the just demands of proportion and interrelationship in human affairs to undertake it. Those who are sensitive to the importance of viewing the role of the national state in the broader international perspective area growing company. There is occasion for acceleration of a parallel development in outlook as to local units of government.