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Is Decentralization Good For Development?: Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers

Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Pöschl


This book offers insights and lessons that help us understand when the answer is “Yes”, and when it is “No”. It shows us how decentralisation can be designed to drive development forward, and focuses attention on how institutional incentives can be created for governments to improve public sector performance and strengthen economies in ways that enhance citizen well-being. It also draws attention to the political motives behind decentralisation reforms and how these shape the institutions that result. The book's purpose is to marry policy makers’ detailed knowledge and insights about real refo ... More

Keywords: decentralization, fiscal federalism, local government, stability, citizen participation, local service delivery, accountability, subnational governance, democracy, social learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737506
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Paul Faguet, editor
Professor of the Political Economy of Development, London School of Economics and Political Science

Caroline Pöschl, editor
PhD student, London School of Economics and Political Science

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1 Is Decentralization Good For Development?

Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Pöschl

Part I Decentralization, Stability, and the Strengthening of the State

2 “Why I Decentralized Bolivia”

Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Jean-Paul Faguet

3 Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan

Ali Cheema, Adnan Q. Khan, and Roger B. Myerson

6 Does Decentralization Strengthen or Weaken the State?

Jean-Paul Faguet, Ashley M. Fox, and Caroline Pöschl

Part II Designing Decentralization: Taxes, Transfers, and Expenditures

8 Maintaining Taxes at the Centre Despite Decentralization

Giorgio Brosio and Juan Pablo Jiménez

Part III Decentralization and Local Service Provision

10 Does Yardstick Competition Influence Local Government Fiscal Behavior in the Philippines?

Joseph J. Capuno, Stella A. Quimbo, Aleli D. Kraft, Carlos Antonio R. Tan, Jr, and Vigile Marie B. Fabella

13 Political Participation, Clientelism, and Targeting of Local Government Programs

Pranab Bardhan, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, and Abhirup Sarkar

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