How Close Is Your Government to Its People?

“How Close Is Your Government to Its People? Worldwide Indicators on Localization and Decentralization”  by Maksym Ivanyna and Anwar Shah 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…

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for  International Private Enterprise (CIPE)  was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although…

Exploring the Measurement and Effectiveness of the Local Public Sector

Exploring the Measurement and Effectiveness of the Local Public Sector: Toward a Classification of Local Public Sector Finances and a Comparison of Devolved and Deconcentrated Finances The Urban Institute Jameson Boex December 2011 Over the past 10 years, the international development community has often seen decentralization and local governance issues through a narrow lens, focusing…

Does Budget Transparency Lead to Stronger Human Development Outcomes?

Does Budget Transparency Lead to Stronger Human Development Outcomes and Commitments to Economic and Social Rights? International Budget Partnership Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, et al. (Number 4: December 2011) This working paper out of International Budget Partnership explores the relationship between the quality of the budget process and human development outcomes. Fukuda-Parr and colleagues look in particular…