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Decentralization The Territorial Dimension of the State

By Brian C. Smith Copyright 1985

    First published in 1985, Decentralization provides an analytical framework for the comparative study of decentralization in contemporary systems of government. It discusses the structures and processes of all forms of decentralized government and administration, drawing on a wide range of states, developed and developing, capitalist and socialist. The book provides a comparative and theoretical treatment of a subject that for too long has been dealt with in a fragmented and ethnocentric fashion. Decentralization is examined from a theoretical perspective and the political demand for it is analysed. Four key universal themes are then explored: areas, intergovernmental relations, finance and institutions. Decentralization to small-scale communities is discussed and the special claims made for decentralization in developing countries are assessed. Examples are drawn from a wide range of countries throughout the world. The book is intended for courses in public administration, comparative government, urban studies and public policy. It will help both the student and the non-specialist understand an important and topical aspect of government everywhere.

    Preface 1. Introduction to a Concept 2. Decentralization in Theory 3. Administrative Needs and Political Demands 4. Area, Community and Efficiency 5. Intergovernmental Relations 6. Financing Decentralized Government 7. Decentralized Institutions 8. Field Administration 9. Decentralization, Participation and Neighbourhood 10. Decentralization and Development 11. Conclusion: The Politics of Decentralization Bibliography Index


    Brian C. Smith