The politics of partial decentralization

Abstract: This paper argues that unless local governments have the discretion to choose among competing uses subject to a budget constraint, and citizens know this and have a way of evaluating whether the government’s decision was a good one, the decentralization will only be partial.

Author(s): Devarajan, Shantayanan; Khemani, Stuti; Shah, Shekhar

Source(s): , 22 p., ill.

Published: 2007 World bank], [Washington, DC (English



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