Through a collection of unique case studies and theoretical analyses, this work examines the genesis and impact of decentralization reforms in developing and transition countries. In particular, the volume shows how decentralization affects governance and efficiency in the provision of public goods and under what conditions decentralization seems to deliver its theoretical benefits. Analyses in the book address current concerns about the interaction of decentralization with social and political structure, resource mobilization, public goods provision and corruption. This work will be invaluable to scholars of politics, development studies and regional studies.
Contents: General introduction, Mwangi S. Kimenyi and Patrick Meagher; Decentralization, governance and public services: the impact of institutional arrangements, Omar Azfar, Satu Kähkönen, Anthony Lanyi, Patrick Meagher and Diana Rutherford; Institutional design and the governance challenges of plural societies, Patrick Meagher; Ethnicity, institutions, and governance in Africa, Mwangi S. Kimenyi and John Mukum Mbaku; Failure by design? fiscal decentralization in West Africa, Georges Korsun and Patrick Meagher; Political disciplines on local government: evidence from the Philippines, Omar Azfar, Tugrul Gurgur and Patrick Meagher; Roads to somewhere: localizing governance of rural infrastructure programs in Nepal, Patrick Meagher with Betty Wilkinson and Kumar Upadhyaya; Decentralization in Russia: impact on quality of governance, Leonid I. Polishchuk; Index.