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…

Community Bill of Rights in American Municipalities

Late last year, several Ohio communities adopted local legislation banning a controversial drilling practice in their communities, adding to an already heated debate over the role of local governments in environmental protection. Ohio’s Broadview Heights and Mansfield joined a handful of other American municipalities in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania and other states that have recently adopted their own “Community…