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Governance Issues in Delivery of Public Services


  • Pranab Bardhan


In this paper we note that the institutional context (and therefore the structure of incentives and organisation) in developing economies is quite different from those in advanced industrial economies, and this necessitates any discussion on the local governance issues in the delivery of public services in the context of development to go beyond the traditional fiscal federalism literature. With this in mind, we review some of the existing theoretical and empirical work, focusing particularly on the question of local accountability. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • Pranab Bardhan, 2004. "Governance Issues in Delivery of Public Services," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 13(1), pages 167-182, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:13:y:2004:i:1:p:i167-i182

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