Accountability of local and state governments in India : an overview of recent research

Abstract: Distortions in Indian local government accountability are examined, including: (1) limited voter participation and awareness; (2) ideology, honesty and competence of political parties and electoral candidates; (3) capture by elites; and (4) clientelism and vote-buying. Reform lessons are drawn. Author(s): Mookherjee, Dilip Source(s): , 49 p. Published: 2012 Boston university. People.by.edu], [Boston (English ISBN/ISSN:…

More than you can handle : decentralization and spending ability of Peruvian municipalities

Abstract: The importance of factors known to affect the success of decentralization are examined, using the case of Peru. The main factor in spending ability was the adequacy of the budget with respect to local capacity, which confirms the need for both gradual decentralization and capacity building. Author(s): Loayza, Norman V.; Rigolini, Jamele; Calvo-González, Oscar…

Promise and reality of fiscal decentralization

Abstract: This paper considers the costs and benefits of fiscal decentralization, trends in the practice of decentralizing budgets, and the policy interventions used to strengthen the financial autonomy of local government in developing countries. Subjects include local taxation and budget constraints. Author(s): Bahl, Roy Source(s): Decentralization policies in Asian development, p. 1-26, ill., tabs Published:…

Participatory budgeting

Abstract: This book examines the potential and perils of participatory budgeting, as observed from practices around the globe. Part I presents the nuts and bolts of participatory budgeting. Part II surveys experiences with participatory budgeting in various regions of the world. Author(s): Shah, Anwar Source(s): , Public sector governance and accountability series xxiii, 269 p.,…

Making services work for poor people

Abstract: The framework outlined in this paper provides a way to examine options for improving the outcome of public services for the poor. The different examples all improved outcomes by addressing aspects of the relationships between policymaker, service provider, and client. Author(s): Devarajan, Shantayanan; Reinikka, Ritva Source(s): , i, 19 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published:…