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Governance from below: a theory of local government with two empirical tests

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2005) Governance from below: a theory of local government with two empirical tests. Political economy and public policy papers, 12. STICERD, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

I examine decentralization through the lens of the local dynamics that it unleashes. The national effects of decentralization are simply the sum of its local-level effects. Hence to understand decentralization we must first understand how local government works. This paper proposes a theory of local government as the confluence of two quasi-markets and one organizational dynamic. Good government results when these three elements - political, economic and civil - are in rough balance, and actors in one cannot distort the others. Specific types of imbalance map into specific forms of government failure. I use comparative analysis to test the theory's predictions with qualitative and quantitative evidence from Bolivia. The combined methodology provides a higher-order empirical rigor than either approach can alone. The theory proves robust.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series....
Additional Information: Published 2005 © Jean-Paul Faguet
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2010 12:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/475

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