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The Political Economy of Democratic Decentralization : Directions in Development - Human Development - James Manor

The Political Economy of Democratic Decentralization

Directions in Development - Human Development

Paperback Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780821344705
Number Of Pages: 144

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Advocates of pluralist, competitive politics have regarded decentralization as a device for deepening democracy or for prying closed systems open and to give interest groups space in which to organize, compete and otherwise assert themselves. Some politicians in central governments see it as a means of delegating expensive tasks to others lower down. From a political economy perspective, this study examines the origins of the current wave of decentralizations in less-developed countries and its implications, especially its promise and limitations for rural development. It is based mainly on empirical evidence drawn from experiments with decentralization in a large number of countries. The paper is divided into six parts. Part I defines terms to show that the word ""decentralization"" can mean many different things. Part II examines why some political regimes have often tended not to decentralize even when all indicators support the need for it. Part III seeks to explain the tendency of many regimes during the early 1980s to decentralize. Part IV examines the encounter between decentralized institutions and how they operate within their state-society and political milieu. Part V discusses the advantages and disadvantages of decentralization. Part VI assesses the promise of decentralization for rural development.

Introductionp. 1
Defining Termsp. 4
The Problem of Hubris: Regimes' Centralizing Tendencies and Earlier Experiments with Decentralizationp. 13
Explaining the Latest Wave of Decentralizationsp. 26
Politics, State-Society Relations, and Decentralizationp. 53
Assessing Decentralization to the Regional as well as the Local Levelp. 81
How Promising is Decentralization for Rural Developmentp. 88
Summaryp. 118
Referencesp. 121
Indexp. 130
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ISBN: 9780821344705
ISBN-10: 0821344706
Series: Directions in Development - Human Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st March 1999
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.22