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Društvena istraživanja : journal for general social issues, Vol.1 No.1 (1) September 1992.

Review article


Josip Vrbošić ; Faculty of Law, Osijek

Fulltext: croatian, pdf (8 MB) pages 55-68 downloads: 3.071* cite
Vrbošić, J. (1992). POVIJESNI PREGLED RAZVITKA ŽUPANIJSKE UPRAVE I SAMOUPRAVE U HRVATSKOJ. Društvena istraživanja : časopis za opća društvena pitanja, 1(1 (1)), 55-68. Retrieved from

Croatia's interior constitution has been characterized throughout history by the
župania institution. lt appears already in the 10th century and remains until the year
1918. In the early days Old-Croatian župas existed as centers of power. The later
king's županias were not a continuation of Old-Croatian župas. The king's županias
were, in their field of work, depending on the circumstances in Croatia and Europe,
in constant opposition to the rulers. In certain periods of development županias had
the status of territorial-publicly-legal bodies with broad autonomy, resembling
today's provinciaI government and autonomy. There were also times when the
županias were reduced exclusively to legal institutions. The last legal intervention in
regulating the system of županias in Croatia was the Law on the Constitution of
Županias and the Administrative Organization of Županias and Counties from 1886,
according to which the županias were political and territorial units with pronounced
government and autonomy. It is my belief that the starting point for a contemporary
regUlation of the position of županias, should, on the one hand, be this very law as
well as the provisions of the HSS and Stjepan Radić Constitution, as elements of
Croatian tradition, While, on the other hand, it should be the European Charter on
Local Autonomy as an element of modernity.


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