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Fiscal Decentralisation in Tanzania: For Better of for Worse?

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  • Fjeldstad, O.H.

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Tanzania is currently implementing a local government reform aimed at improving public service delivery. An important component of the reform is to increase the fiscal autonomy of local authorities. This policy is encouraged and partly initiated by the donor community. The purpose of this article is to explore to what extent we can expect that increased fiscal autonomy will improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the public sector. The paper concludes that it is unrealistic to expect that the present administration in many local authorities in Tanzania has adequate capacity and the required integrity to manage increased fiscal autonomy.

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Paper provided by Universitat Zurich - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Institut in its series Papers with number 2001:10.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:zuriwi:2001:10

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Keywords: LOCAL GOVERNMENT ; DECENTRALISATION ; TAXATION ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES;

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Cited by:
  1. Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, 2002. "Fighting fiscal corruption: The case of the Tanzania Revenue Authority," CMI Working Papers WP 2002:3, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.
  2. Odd-Helge Fjeldstad & Florida Henjewele & Geoffrey Mwambe & Erasto Ngalewa & Knut Nygaard, 2004. "Local government finances and financial management in Tanzania," CMI Working Papers WP 2004: 7, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.
  3. Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, 2002. "The fight against corruption and the role of parliamentarians," CMI Working Papers WP 2002:6, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.

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