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Decentralization and local service provision: what do we know?


  • Ahmad, Ehtisham
  • Brosio, Giorgio


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  • Ahmad, Ehtisham & Brosio, Giorgio, 2009. "Decentralization and local service provision: what do we know?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 38347, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    decentralized service delivery; decentralization; public policy; developing countries;

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    • H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories


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