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Decentralization and governance

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2011) Decentralization and governance. Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 027. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The most important theoretical argument concerning decentralization is that it can improve governance by making government more accountable and responsive to the governed. Improving governance is also central to the motivations of real-world reformers, who bear risks and costs in the interest of devolution. But the literature has mostly focused instead on policy-relevant outcomes, such as education and health services, public investment, and fiscal deficits. This paper examines how decentralization affects governance, in particular how it might increase political competition, improve public accountability, reduce political instability, and impose incentive-compatible limits on government power, but also threaten fiscal sustainability.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series....
Additional Information: © 2011 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: EOPP 027
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 13:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37346/

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