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Decentralization, Corruption And Government Accountability: An Overview

  • Dilip Mookherjee

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    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Pranab Bardhan

In summary, the effects of decentralization on corruption and government accountability are complex and cannot be summarized by simple, unconditional statements. This applies equally to theoretical analyses, cross-country regression results and more detailed empirical studies of specific countries. In this essay we reviewed the literature dealing with two principal accountability mechanisms: external competition with other governments, and internal democratic pressures.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2005-023.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
Date of revision: Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2005-023
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