Unlike formal local government units established as legal entities by the state, for Tocqueville, local communities and institutions were not necessarily creations of the state, but rooted in nature and found among all peoples regardless of their customs and laws.2 The self-governing institutions found in medieval Europe before the emergence of the centralized monarchies provided the prototype for Tocqueville’s concept of local liberties stressing the freedom of local communities to manage their own affairs and solve common problems.
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Chapter Five Local Liberties
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