In article the content of the principle of the accounting of historical features of local government on the example of theories of local government of the period of the Russian Empire is analyzed. Author considers these theories as a doctrinal basis of formation of domestic historical tradition of the local government. Basic provisions of the state, legal and public and economic theories of local government are analyzed. Concepts of founders of these theories are shown. The conclusion is drawn that in a basis of territorial and city reforms the public and economic theory of local government laid down. Also it is told about an insufficient practical demand of doctrinal development of the period of great reforms because of a contradiction between the being available concepts and the saved-up historical experience which wasn't creating prerequisites for successful development of local government.
local government, historical features, reforms, Russian Empire, historical tradition, theory, concept.