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Local Service Provision in Selected OECD Countries :, Do Decentralized Operations Work Better?, Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio, Vito Tanzi

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
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Decentralization and Service Delivery; Tables; 1. Main Traits of Evolution of Intergovernmental Relations in Selected OECD Countries; III. Outcomes of Decentralization; A. Traditional Approaches; B. Political Economy Approaches; IV. What is the Evidence?; 2. Subnational Government Taxing Powers in Selected OECD Countries, 1995; A. Summary of the Literature; 3. Summary of Literature on Productive Efficiency and Convergence; B. Convergence of Service Provision Across Areas; 4. Decentralization: Preference Matching and Growth: Summary of Selected Papers; Appendix
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