Can Fiscal Decentralization Strengthen Social Capital?

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

July 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Countries where social and political institutions stimulate interpersonal trust, civic cooperation, and social cohesiveness tend to have more efficient governments, better governance systems, and faster growth. This paper provides cross-country evidence, based on a sample of developing and developed countries, that fiscal decentralization—the assignment of expenditure functions and revenue sources to lower levels of government—can boost social capital and therefore be integrated into second-generation reforms.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/129

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451855104/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1292000

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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