Decentralization and governance

Abstract: This paper uses the Bolivian experience to examine how decentralization affects governance, in particular how it might increase political competition, improve public accountability, reduce political instability, and impose incentive-compatible limits on government power, be it at a fiscal risk. Author(s): Faguet, Jean-Paul Source(s): , [Economic organisation and public policy discussion papers; 27 31 p.…

Violence and social orders : a conceptual framework for interpreting recorded human history : implications for economic development

Abstract: This framework for understanding political, economic, and social systems in human history, which is thought to culminate in competitive, open access orders with rich civil society and the impersonal provision of public goods, also explains privileges and rent creation in so-called natural states. Author(s): North, Douglass C.; Wallis, John Joseph; Weingast, Barry R. Source(s):…

Governance gone local : does decentralization improve accountability?

Abstract: This chapter discusses five key governance risks that could mitigate the posited advantages of decentralization: capture, clientelism, capacity constraints, competition over the balance of power between levels of government, and weaknesses in effective interregional competition. Author(s): Campos, Jose Edgardo; Hellman, Joel S. Source(s): East Asia decentralizes : making local government work, p. 237-252, ill.,…