Local Service Provision in Selected OECD Countries : Do Decentralized Operations Work Better?

Author/Editor:

Ehtisham Ahmad ; Giorgio Brosio ; Vito Tanzi

Publication Date:

March 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

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.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/67

Subject:

Frequency:

Quarterly

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869293/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008067

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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