Centralization, Decentralization And Conflict In The Middle East And North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has one of the most centralized government structures in the world. In this paper, we examine the causes of decentralization in the region by conducting a cross-country regression analysis. We use panel data for a set of MENA countries to understand the factors behind heavy centralization. Our findings show that external conflicts constitute a major roadblock to decentralization in the region.
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Volume (Year): 02 (2010)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
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