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.Here the effect of decentralization will arise mostly through the expenditure multiplier. The second concept refers to decentralization as a commitment device. Decentralization occurs when subnational governments rely on their own sources ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Local Service Provision in Selected OECD Countries: Do Decentralized Operations Work Better? (EPub)|
|Author||:||Mr. Ehtisham Ahmad, Mr. Giorgio Brosio, Mr. Vito Tanzi|
|Publisher||:||International Monetary Fund - 2008-03-01|