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Authors: Min Tang and Narisong Huhe

: Decentralization, local government performance, and system support in Bolivia, Studies in Comparative International Development 37, 4, 64–88 Huntington, S, 1981, American Politics, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press Hutchcroft, PD, 2001, Centralization and decentralization in administration and politics: Assessing territorial dimensions of authority and power, Governance 14, 1, 23–53 Huther, J, Shah, A, 1998, Applying a simple measure of good governance to the debate on fiscal decentralization, Washington, DC: World Bank Does decentralisation bring the people back to

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Fabio Fiorillo University of Ancona - Department of Economics, Piazzale Martelli 8, 60121, Ancona - Italy Agnese Sacchi* University of "Roma Tre"- Department of Economics, Via Silvio d'Amico 77, 00145, Rome - Italy Rent-seeking Behaviour, Externalities and Decentralization Abstract - T h e paper analyzes local public goods provision with positive inter-jurisdictional spillovers and preferences heterogeneity, comparing decentralized and centralized systems un- der a political economy approach. As in the recent theory of fiscal federalism, we consider the

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Author: Gorgio Freddi

Policy and Politics, Vol. 8 No.4 (1980), 383-398 Regional Devolution, Administrative Decentralization and Bureaucratic Performance in Italy I Gorgio Freddi 383 A Brief History of Regional Devolution in Italy Ten years ago the formal structure of Italian government and adminis- tration underwent a momentous and radical change when, for the first time, with the elections of June 7, 1970, regional legislatures and governments were chosen by the people throughout the nation. This step concluded a twenty year long move from centralisation to de- centralisation

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Author: Roberta Gatti

Roberta Gatti* Development Research Group, The World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W. Washington D.C".. 2043.3 - USA The Economics of Decentralization: A Review of the Literature and the Case of Education Provision* Abstract - This paper reviews the economic rationale for and against decentralization with par- ticular attention to the organization and delivery of education. T h e paper frames the overview widiin the standard efficiency-equity trade off and highlights the increasingly important role of incentive mechanisms, accountability, and citizens

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Policy and Politics, 6 (1977),51-70 Evaluating the Distribution of Local Outpu ts in a Decentralized Structure of Government Richard R. Barnett and Neville Topham Apparent conflicts of interest between local and central levels of government are commonly observed in a decentralized structure. What the localities aspire to achieve is often circumscribed by centrally- imposed legislation. In this paper, we argue that this contrariety of interests arises from the maximizing behaviour at th~ individual level, which is the economist's traditional assumption. In a

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Wallace E. Oates University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Resources for the Future, Washington, DC On the Welfare Gains from Fiscal Decentralization 1. - Introduction The traditional economic case for decentralised fiscal choice is based on the welfare gains from an improved allocation of resources within the public sector. Fiscal decentralization allows individual jurisdictions (I shall refer to them as «lo- cal governments») to tailor the levels of local public outputs to the particular tastes and other circumstances that characterize their

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Author: Lucy Gaster

3 QUALITY AND DECENTRALISATION: are they connected? Lucy Gaster This article brings together the author's own research and management experience of front-line local government service and ideas from a wide variety of other sources to explore two fashionable trends: decentral- isation and quality. It argues that both imply a shift towards consumer oriented service delivery and that they are interconnected. Some important factors - notably, issuesof organisational change and culture - can impede the successful implementation of either policy. However, using the

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Author: Duco Bannink

important for other cases of social policy decentralisation because they illustrate how differing regulatory and financial frameworks interact at the level of local policy formation and implementation. Theoretical framework: modes of centred and decentred governance Bannink and Ossewaarde (2012) presented a model of four modes of governance. Decentralisation, they argue, takes place ‘in response to policy capacities partially existing at the central and partially at the decentralized level of governance systems’ (p 597). Where social problems become complex

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Roger D. Congleton Center for Study of Public Choice - George Mason University Constitutional Federalism and Decentralization: A Second Best Solution 1. - Introduction This paper analyzes the extent to which the authority of a constitutional gov- ernment should be decentralized as a means of reducing government agency and information problems. The analysis developed assumes that the central purpose of all institutional arrangements is the reduction of unproductive conflict and the realization of mutual advantage. In the case of political constitutions

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Author: Janice Morphet

6 LOCAL AUTHORITY DECENTRALISATION -Tower Hamlets goes all the way Janice Morphet Since 1980 a number of Labour-run auth- orities have instituted various forms of decentralised services in order to make the communities they serve aware of local government and to have some formalised role, Through the provision of services at neighbourhood level. authorities have moved toward client centred adminis- tration, In Tower Hamlets, an Inner London Borough. the incoming Liberal adminis- tration in 1986 immediately decentralised all the council services to be managed

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