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Local Service Provision in Selected Oecd Countries

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  • Ehtisham Ahmad
  • Giorgio Brosio
  • Vito Tanzi
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    There is a widespread presumption that decentralization improves public service provision. This has led to policy prescriptions that are assiduously adhered to by countries and international. This paper reviews the recent evidence from OECD countries-which is seen to be inconclusive. This suggests the need for a careful design of programs that take into account the political economy constraints and incentives, as well as more systematic and thorough evaluations of outcomes.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/67.

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    Length: 35
    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/67

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    Keywords: Intergovernmental fiscal relations; decentralization; fiscal decentralization; fiscal federalism; subnational governments; federalism; subnational government; budget constraint; provincial expenditure; decentralization index; decentralization process; decentralization reforms; local expenditure; performance budgeting; subnational expenditure; government expenditure; decentralization increases; fiscal discipline; recentralization; decentralization of expenditure; public finance; subnational government taxes; tax autonomy; decentralized government; decentralization of responsibilities; subnational units; decentralization initiatives; decentralization policies; local public expenditure; decentralization processes; decentralization in government; financial management; government budget constraint; public financial management; decentralized system; public investment; tax competition; local government expenditure; government policies; municipal expenditure; budget reforms; decentralization increase; budget information; expenditure decentralization; subnational levels; provincial government;

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    Cited by:
    1. Grasa, Rafael & Camps, Arnau, 2009. "Conflict Prevention and Decentralized Governance," MPRA Paper 18877, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Gijs Roelofs & Daniel van Vuuren, 2011. "The decentralization of Social Assistance and the rise of Disability Insurance enrolment," CPB Discussion Paper 185, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    3. Zegras, Christopher & Nelson, Joshua & Macário, Rosário & Grillo, Christopher, 2013. "Fiscal federalism and prospects for metropolitan transportation authorities in Portugal," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 1-12.
    4. Akramov, Kamiljon T. & Asante, Felix Ankomah, 2008. "Decentralization and local public services in Ghana: Do geography and ethnic diversity matter?," GSSP working papers 16, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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