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Local Service Provision in Selected Oecd Countries; Do Decentralized Operations Work Better?

  • Ehtisham Ahmad
  • Giorgio Brosio
  • Vito Tanzi
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    There is a widespread presumption that decentralization improves public service provision. This has led to policy prescriptions that are assiduously adhered to by countries and international. This paper reviews the recent evidence from OECD countries-which is seen to be inconclusive. This suggests the need for a careful design of programs that take into account the political economy constraints and incentives, as well as more systematic and thorough evaluations of outcomes.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/67.

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    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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