Abstract: Lacking a good definition, this article clarifies the linguistic, institutional, and historical contexts in which the term decentralization is used. The complexity of designing decentralized institutions is highlighted. The outcome often consists of a mix of decentralization and deconcentration.

Author(s): Divay, Gérard

Source(s): , 4 p.

Published: 2012 École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), [Québec (English




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