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Decentralization and governance: a special issue of World Development, 2013

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2014) Decentralization and governance: a special issue of World Development, 2013. World Development, 53 . ISSN 0305-750X (In Press)

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Abstract

The most important theoretical argument concerning decentralization is that it can make government more accountable and responsive to the governed. Improving governance is also a central justification of real-world reformers. But the literature has mostly focused on policy-relevant outcomes, such as education and health services, public investment, and fiscal deficits. The papers in this collection examine 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. Such improvements in governance can help spur the broad historical transitions that define development.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/worlddev
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
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
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 15:16
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/52847/

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