Impact of Decentralization: Resource List

In the report launch event in Washington DC last year, we received suggestions to examine the literature of those who are skeptical or opposed to decentralization and to compile the evidence base that shows the advantages of decentralization to improved service delivery, reduced corruption and economic growth. We have organized a reference list of documents which show the impact of decentralization based on empirical studies.  The list below shows  “Article title” (author, year) and keywords with the link to download.

Service Delivery






Economic growth




*Reference: “The Impact of Decentralization on Service Delivery, Corruption, Fiscal Management and Growth in Developing and Emerging Market Economies: A Synthesis of Empirical Evidence” (Anwar Shah, Theresa Thompson, & Heng-Fu Zou, 2004)


Do you have any recommendations of resources? Please leave comments below so that we can update  the list.

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