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Decentralization and Development in South-Saharan-Africa

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  • Piero Conforti
  • Pasquale De Muro
  • Luca Salvatici

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The paper provides a summary of Sub-Saharan African experiences with decentralization. During the 1980s, after the widespread economic and public sector reforms, a renewed interest toward decentralization has emerged. To explore the extent, types and forms of decentralization patterns, the authors, drawing on the literature, develop four typologies: deconcentration, delegation, deresponsibility and devolution. These are employed to classify the experiences of the countries for which information was available. Problems associated with the current wave of decentralization arise mostly from the failure to match the pace of political decentralization to that of regulatory reforms. Failures often reflect constraints and perverse incentives in the relationship between levels of government.

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  • Piero Conforti & Pasquale De Muro & Luca Salvatici, 2002. "Decentralization and Development in South-Saharan-Africa," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 3, November.
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    1. Eichenberger, Reiner, 1994. "The Benefits of Federalism and the Risk of Overcentralization," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(3), pages 403-420.
    2. Wintrobe, Ronald, 1987. "Competitive federalism and bureaucratic power," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 3(1-2), pages 9-31.
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    1. Bashaasha, Bernard & Mangheni, Margaret Najjingo & Nkonya, Ephraim, 2011. "Decentralization and rural service delivery in Uganda:," IFPRI discussion papers 1063, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    Keywords

    South-Saharan-Africa; Decentralization; Institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General

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