Making Decentralization Accountable: A Framework for Analysis and Empirical Studies From South Asia and West Africa

dc.contributor.authorAgrawal, Arunen_US
dc.contributor.authorRibot, Jesse C.en_US
dc.coverage.regionMiddle East & South Asiaen_US
dc.coverage.regionAfricaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T15:08:06Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T15:08:06Z
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-12-22en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-12-22en_US
dc.description.abstract"Since the early 1980s, decentralization has emerged as a valued political and economic goal in most developing countries. According to a recent World Bank study, 'out of 75 developing and transitional countries with populations greater than 5 million, all but 12 claim to be embarked on some form of transfer of political power to local units of government.' This global pursuit of decentralization, even if it appears novel, is not the first time governments have attempted the decentralization of fiscal responsibilities or institutional powers. In francophone West Africa, for example, beginning in 1917 at least four distinct waves can be discerned. In each case, decentralization accompanied and perhaps was sparked by fiscal crises of the state. In South Asia, at least three waves are visible since the mid 1800s. Clearly, the number of times governments in different geographical regions have opted to decentralize varies."en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/3720
dc.subjectdecentralizationen_US
dc.subjectaccountabilityen_US
dc.subjectequityen_US
dc.subjectpoweren_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.titleMaking Decentralization Accountable: A Framework for Analysis and Empirical Studies From South Asia and West Africaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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