Foundations for Local Governance

Decentralization in Comparative Perspective

Editors: Saito, Fumihiko (Ed.)

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Various forms of decentralization are recently pursued in the world, including developing countries. However, there has not been a coherent framework to access these intended outcomes generated by decentralization measures implemented in Asian and African countries. This book provides such a framework based on comparative analyses of different experiences of decentralization measures in six developing countries, where the policy rationale to “bring services closer to people” originated in different socio-political backgrounds. Although decentralization measures are potentially useful for attaining both political democratization and economic efficiency, what is often packaged under the umbrella of “decentralization” needs to be disaggregated analytically. Successful reforms need coherent approaches in which a range of stakeholders would become willing to share responsibilities and resources in order to achieve the ultimate outcome of poverty reduction in the developing countries.

"Securing more effective, equitable and democratic local governance processes is a key challenge for the 21st century. This volume is a lucid and thought-provoking examination of decentralization in the global south which has clear relevance for all those who are concerned with local democracy and governance world wide."
Bob Evans, Director, Sustainable Cities Research Institute
Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

"Essential reading for students of governance. The book's actor framework permits detailed analyses of the case study countries and reveals the dangers of prescribing decentralization as a quick fix to improve service delivery and local democracy."
David Hulme, Director, Chronic Poverty Research Centre
University of Manchester, UK

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Decentralization and Local Governance: Introduction and Overview

    Fumihiko Saito

    Pages 1-24

  • Redesigning Local Governance in India: Lessons from the Kerala Experiment

    K. N. Harilal

    Pages 75-92

  • Politics and Local Government in Uganda

    Frederick Golooba-Mutebi

    Pages 137-164

  • Democratic Decentralization in Post-Apartheid South Africa

    Purshottama Reddy, Brij Maharaj

    Pages 185-211

  • The Challenges of Deepening Democracy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

    Chris Tapscott

    Pages 213-231

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foundations for Local Governance
Book Subtitle
Decentralization in Comparative Perspective
Editors
  • Fumihiko Saito
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-2006-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7908-2006-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2005-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 301
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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