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Are There Trends in Local Finance? A Comparative Look at Data and Normative Models of Local Government Finance

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  • Richard M. Bird

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There is little evidence of regional, let alone worldwide, trends in local finances, although trends within particular countries certainly exist. Given the path-dependent and context-specific nature of country experiences, one must be very careful both in categorizing the local finance systems found in different countries and in making cross-country empirical studies of local finances. In analyzing and comparing country experiences, it is important to be clear about the different (implicit or explicit) normative models to be found in the literature and exemplified in practice in different countries.

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  • Richard M. Bird, 2012. "Are There Trends in Local Finance? A Comparative Look at Data and Normative Models of Local Government Finance," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1205, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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    1. Gu, Gyun Cheol, 2012. "Developing Composite Indicators for Fiscal Decentralization: Which Is The Best Measure For Whom?," MPRA Paper 43032, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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