Decentralization and development: policy implementation in developing countries

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Sage, 1983 - Science - 319 pages
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Disillusioned with the results of centralized government planning, many countries have recently tried placing planning authority with state, regional or district agencies. The authors in this volume examine experiences in Asia, South America, and Africa to review the varieties of decentralization policies and programmes. They identify the social, economic, and political factors that seem to influence their success or failure. Alternative approaches to decentralization of development planning are discussed, and prescriptions for improved implementation are made. Different concepts of decentralization are explored throughout the book, and the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of decentralization are also detailed.

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About the author (1983)

G. Shabbir Cheema is Principal Adviser on Governance, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations. He is also visiting Fellow, The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovations, Harvard University. As a senior UN official for the past 15 years, including six years as the Director of Governance Division of UNDP, he provided leadership in crafting democratic governance and public administration programs at the country level. He also designed global research and training programs in electoral and parliamentary systems, human rights, transparency and accountability of government, urban management and decentralization. Dr. Cheema has authored and edited eight books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on governance and public administration. His books include "Reinventing Government for the Twenty First Century: State Capacity in a Globalizing Society", co-editor (Kumarian Press 2003); "Urban Shelter and Services: Public Policies and Management Approaches", author (Praeger 1987); and "Decentralization and Development: Policy Implementation in Developing Countries", co-editor (Sage Publications 1984).

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