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Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq

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  • Brinkerhoff, Derick W.
  • Johnson, Ronald W.

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This article examines the role that local governance plays in creating an effective state and in building constructive state—society relations. Reconstruction efforts in fragile, post-conflict states have focused largely on central government, yet decentralized local authorities offer a number of positive features. Looking at the governance reconstruction experience in Iraq, the analysis explores the extent to which these positive features have characterized Iraqi sub-national government. The article draws lessons for governance reconstruction more generally, addressing decentralization choices, capacity-building, and political factors.

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  • Brinkerhoff, Derick W. & Johnson, Ronald W., 2009. "Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq," MPRA Paper 21505, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21505
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    1. World Bank, 2016. "Decentralization and Subnational Service Delivery in Iraq," World Bank Other Operational Studies 24757, The World Bank.
    2. repec:tou:journl:v:45:y:2017:p:131-158 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    capacity-building; decentralization; good governance; Iraq; post-conflict.;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations

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