Federal Reform Strategies: Lessons from Asia and Australia

Paperback | January 31, 2014

EditorStephen Howes, M. Govinda Rao

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For large countries, an agenda of integration, deregulation, and natural resource management reform typically cannot be fully pursued without the active participation of sub-national governments. Most of the literature about federalism and reform is about the reform of federalism, and focuseson intergovernmental finance. This volume is about reform through federalism. It explores federal reform strategies, that is, ways in which central governments can motivate, influence, and ensure coordination of sub-national policies.It covers such mechanisms as the imposition of conditions on earmarked funding from central to subnational governments, the provision of incentive funding awarded if certain reforms are undertaken, the development of cross-government agreements, and the centralization of power from the subnationallevel to the central government. By exploring a range of case studies, drawn mainly from India and Australia, but also covering Indonesia and China, including both successes and failures, this volume not only fills the existing gaps in the literature relating to federal reform strategies, but alsobuilds a typology of strategies and draws some tentative lessons from experience.

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For large countries, an agenda of integration, deregulation, and natural resource management reform typically cannot be fully pursued without the active participation of sub-national governments. Most of the literature about federalism and reform is about the reform of federalism, and focuseson intergovernmental finance. This volume is...

Stephen Howes is Director of International and Development Economics, and Professor of Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. M. Govinda Rao is Director of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, and Member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:January 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables and FiguresList of ContributorsIntroduction1. National Economic Reform in a Federal System: The Case of the Australian National Competition Policy and Related Reforms2. Why the COAG Reform Agenda is Floundering: Recent Developments in Federalism and Reform in Australia3. Federalism and Water Management in Australia: Unintended Consequences in the Murray Darling Basin4. Federalism and Fiscal Reform in India5. Governance Reform in a Federal Polity: The Case of India6. Federalism and Water Management in India7. Federalism and Reform: Comparative Case Studies of China and Indonesia8. Decentralisation and Avoiding Deforestation: The Case of Indonesia