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How close is your government to its people ? worldwide indicators on localization and decentralization

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  • Ivanyna, Maksym
  • Shah, Anwar

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This paper is intended to provide an assessment of the impact of the silent revolution of the last three decades on moving governments closer to people to establish fair, accountable, incorruptible and responsive governance. To accomplish this, a unique data set is constructed for 182 countries by compiling data from a wide variety of sources to examine success toward decentralized decision making across the globe. An important feature of this data set is that, for comparative purposes, it measures government decision making at the local level rather than at the sub-national levels used in the existing literature. The data are used to rank countries on political, fiscal and administrative dimensions of decentralization and localization. These sub-indexes are aggregated and adjusted for heterogeneity to develop an overall ranking of countries on the closeness of their government to the people. The resulting rankings provide a useful explanation of the Arab Spring and other recent political movements and waves of dissatisfaction with governance around the world.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 6138.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6138

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Keywords: National Governance; Subnational Economic Development; Parliamentary Government; Debt Markets; Public Finance Decentralization and Poverty Reduction;

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  1. Anwar Shah, 2006. "Local Governance in Developing Countries," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7192, August.
  2. Anwar Shah, 2008. "Macro Federalism and Local Finance," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6453, August.
  3. Fan, C. Simon & Lin, Chen & Treisman, Daniel, 2009. "Political decentralization and corruption: Evidence from around the world," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 93(1-2), pages 14-34, February.
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