Decentralisation : learning lessons from the developing world

Abstract: The obstacles to decentralization and conditions for success are discussed in a video and a presentation of Mr. Vaillancourt (Univ. of Montreal). He concludes that the EU would do wise to use a checklist to assess the likelihood of successful decentralization when deciding on funding priorities. Author(s): Vaillancourt, Francois Source(s): , 5:22 min. Published:…

Local governments in rural West Bengal, India and their coordination with line departments

Abstract: This article focuses on the formal structures of coordination and control with regard to decision-making between the Panchayats and the line departments. In practice, these processes involve lack of role definition, problems of accountability, and politics over access to resources. Author(s): Chakrabarti, Bhaskar; Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra; Nath, Suman Source(s): , Commonwealth journal of local governance…

Decentralization against parties? : the effects of decentralization on political parties in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru

Abstract: The alleged negative effect of decentralization reforms on national political parties was studied in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The effect was found to go both ways. Deeper causes, and not just institutions, are most relevant to the emergence or decline of political parties. Authors: Dargent, Eduardo (University of Texas at Austin) & Vegara, Alberto…

Limits to decentralization in Mozambique : leadership, politics and local government capacities for service delivery

Abstract: This study of the stifled process of decentralization in Mozambique seeks to assess the extent to which the new decision-making processes are able to respond to the needs of the communities they serve and represent. Capacity development is essential for effective basic service delivery coverage. Author(s): Machohe, António Pedro José Source(s): , xx, 233…

The International development department (IDD)

Abstract: In addition to the department’s longstanding interests in governance and development, research areas that have become increasingly important in recent years are: conflict, security and governance; political development; and, religions and development. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 University of Birmingham. School of government and society. International development department (IDD), Birmingham (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link:…

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.…

The political economy of decentralization in Thailand : does decentralization allow for peasant participation? : paper

Abstract: The apparent interdependence of decentralisation and smallholder participation is studied, using the case of the Tambon Administration Organisation in Thailand. Since 1990, decentralization and recentralization have alternated. Elite capture and the bureaucracy prevented effective particaption. Author(s): Dufhues, Thomas Source(s): , 12 p., ill. Published: 2011 University of Minnesota. Waite library. AgEcon search], [St. Paul,…

Decentralization and political opposition in contemporary Africa : evidence from Sudan and Ethiopia

Abstract: The impact of decentralization on political stability is examined, using the contrasting cases of Ethiopia and Sudan. In Sudan, inequitable decentralization opened the door for political opposition in the North to topple the regime, whereas equitable decentralization in Ethiopia led to stability. Author(s): Green, Elliott D. Source(s): , [26] p. Published: 2011 London school…

How to walk the talk : the perspectives of sector staff on implementation of the rural water supply programme in Uganda

Abstract: The decentralized rural water supply programme of Uganda is described and two key issues are highlighted: local political interference and the weak capacity of local governments. The establishment of eight regional units that provide support to local governments seems very promising. Author(s): Quin, Andrew; Balfors, Berit; Kjellén, Marianne Source(s): , Natural resources forum :…

Decentralization as a breeding ground for conflicts : an analysis of institutional conflicts in Malawi’s decentralized system

Abstract: This article examines the impacts of poorly designed decentralization programmes on institutional conflicts in Malawi, e.g. between the central government and local governments, between councillors and members of parliament, between traditional authorities and councillors, and among councillors. Author(s): Tambulasi, Richard I.C. Source(s): , Journal of administration & governance (JOAAG); Vol. 4, No. 2 p.…