The article is devoted to problems of organization of local self-government in the context of recent changes in the legislation. Attention is given to issues of differentiation and redistribution of powers between different levels of public authorities in the Russian Federation. The models of organization of the representative, executive and control bodies of municipalities are considered. Possible ways of their improvement are identified.
Considered controversial questions the effectiveness of open government, simulation activities to involve citizens in government, expert support, and public discussion of initiatives.
The article presents a study of the constitutional phrase "the basis of life and activity of the peoples living in the territory". Has this phrase the property content or not? Is phrase "the basis of life and activity" a special form of property right of peoples to natural resources? May be this phrase fixed general conditions of use and protection of natural resources and fixed the general legal regime of natural resources.