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Governance and basic social services: ensuring accountability in service delivery through deep democratic decentralization

  • Santosh Mehrotra

    (The Asia Bureau, UNDP)

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    Ensuring accountability of local functionaries for effective delivery of basic social services has been a perennial problem of development. Since the poor have limited prospects of 'exit', 'voice' alone works to ensure effectiveness of service delivery. Accountability of lower-level functionaries to superiors in a vertical line ministry is rarely effective. The paper spells out a model of deep democratic decentralization that has been demonstrated to work in a number of countries. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 263-283

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