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

Hardcover | September 13, 2015

EditorJean-Paul Faguet, Caroline Poschl

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Is decentralisation good for development? 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 becreated 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.This book brings together academics working at the frontier of research on decentralization with policymakers who have implemented reform at the highest levels of government and international organizations. Its purpose is to marry policymakers' detailed knowledge and insights about real reformprocesses with academics' conceptual clarity and analytical rigor. This synthesis naturally shifts the analysis towards deeper questions of decentralization, stability, and the strength of the state. These are explored in Part 1, with deep studies of the effects of reform on state capacity,political and fiscal stability, and democratic inclusiveness in Bolivia, Pakistan, India, and Latin America more broadly. These complex questions - crucially important to policymakers but difficult to address with statistics - yield before a multipronged attack of quantitative and qualitativeevidence combined with deep practitioner insight. How should reformers design decentralisation? Part 2 examines these issues with evidence from four decades of reform in developing and developed countries. What happens after reform is implemented? Decentralization and local service provision turnsto decentralization's effects on health and education services, anti-poverty programs with original evidence from 12 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Is decentralisation good for development? 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 becreated for governments to improve public secto...

Jean-Paul Faguet is Professor of the Political Economy of Development at the London School of Economics. He is also Chair of the Decentralization Task Force at Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue. His research blends quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the institutions and organizational forms that unde...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.05 inPublished:September 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Poschl: Is Decentralization Good For Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy MakersPart I: Decentralization, Stability and the Strengthening of the State2. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and Jean-Paul Faguet: Why I Decentralized Bolivia3. Ali Cheema, Adnan Q. Khan, and Roger Myerson: Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan4. Mani Shankar Aiyar: Inclusive Governance for Inclusive Development: The History, Politics and Economics of Panchayat Raj5. Matteo Grazzi and Fidel Jaramillo: Is Latin America on the Path to Achieving Sustainable Fiscal Decentralization?6. Jean-Paul Faguet, Ashley M. Fox, and Caroline Poschl: Does Decentralization Strengthen or Weaken the State? Authority and Social Learning in a Supple StatePart II: Designing Decentralization: Taxes, Transfer, and Expenditures7. Caroline Poschl and Barry R. Weingast: The Fiscal Interest Approach: The Design of Tax and Transfer Systems8. Giorgio Brosio and Juan Pablo Jimenez: Maintaining Taxes at the Centre Despite Decentralization: Interactions with National Reforms9. Stuti Khemani: Political Capture of Decentralization: Vote Buying through Grants to Local JurisdictionsPart III: Decentralization and Local Service Provision10. Joseph J. Capuno, Stella A. Quimbo, Aleli D. Kraft, Carlos Antonio R. Tan, Jr., and Vigile Marie B. Fabella: Does yardstick competition influence local government fiscal behaviour in the Philippines?11. Bingqin Li and Yongmei Zhang: Area-Based Competition and Awards as a Motivation Tool for Public Service Provision: The Experience of Xining, China12. Thomas J. Bossert: Empirical Studies of an Approach to Decentralization: 'Decision Space' in Decentralized Health Systems13. Pranab Bardhan, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, and Abhirup Sarkar: Political Participation, Clientelism, and Targeting of Local Government Programs: Results from a Rural Household Survey in West Bengal, India