UPDATE: the author published revised version of the paper on November 11, 2013. The Revised version includes new charts and graphs, and rankings of 182 countries on political, fiscal and administrative dimensions of decentralization and localization are updated.
While there has been a lot of literature dealing with various aspects of the fair, accountable, incorruptible and responsive (F.A.I.R.) governance revolution, there has not been any systemic study providing a time capsule of the changed world as a result of this revolution. Maksym Ivanyan and Anwar Shah create a method to measure the impact of the silent revolution of the last three decades on moving governments closer to people. Together, Ivanyna and Shah measure the structure, size and tiers of local governments along with the security of their existence in each country while also looking at the statistics on the various subcomponents of political, fiscal and administrative decentralization. In the process, they highlight the importance and significance of local governments in creating public value and tapping resources.