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Governance and basic social services: ensuring accountability in service delivery through deep democratic decentralization

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  • Santosh Mehrotra

    (The Asia Bureau, UNDP)

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    Ensuring accountability of local functionaries for effective delivery of basic social services has been a perennial problem of development. Since the poor have limited prospects of 'exit', 'voice' alone works to ensure effectiveness of service delivery. Accountability of lower-level functionaries to superiors in a vertical line ministry is rarely effective. The paper spells out a model of deep democratic decentralization that has been demonstrated to work in a number of countries. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 263-283

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:18:y:2006:i:2:p:263-283

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    1. Argentino Pessoa, 2008. "Educational Reform in Developing Countries: Private Involvement and Partnerships," FEP Working Papers 284, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    2. Argentino Pessoa, 2008. "Public-private partnerships in developing countries: are infrastructures responding to the new ODA strategy?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(3), pages 311-325.
    3. Daniel Benitez & Antonio Estache & Tina Søreide, 2012. "Infrastructure policy and governance failures," CMI Working Papers 5, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.

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