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Is decentralization good for development? Perspectives from academics and policy makers.

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 and Pöschl, Caroline (2015) Is decentralization good for development? Perspectives from academics and policy makers. In: Faguet, Jean-Paul and Pöschl, Caroline, (eds.) Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-29. ISBN 9780198737506

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Decentralization research has become more quantitative and formal over the past two decades. But as technical rigor has increased, the focus of research has narrowed to decentralization’s effects on particular policy variables, leaving aside larger, more nuanced and complex questions of crucial importance to policymakers contemplating reform. This book seeks to return attention to issues like this that rank among policymakers’ first concerns, but are methodologically difficult to answer. We do this by marrying the insights and experience of senior policymakers involved in driving decentralization forward at the highest levels, with academics working at the forefront of the field in economics, politics, and development and policy studies. This chapter introduces the book by analyzing the following questions: Why do politicians decentralize in the first place? How can reform be made politically feasible? How can decentralization lead to improved development outcomes? Do municipalities compete amongst themselves, and what effects might this have on public policy and services? Will decentralization promote clientelism or broad-based development? And finally, will decentralization strengthen or weaken developing states? The evidence presented in the book provides a firm basis for concrete answers to all of these questions, allied to specific policy advice for aspiring reformers.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 13:46
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 23:13

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