Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

When is policy provision likely to be decentralized?

Arjan SchakelIn the current issue of Governance (23.2, April 2010), Arjan Schakel of the University of Edinburgh uses a new dataset to answer an old question: when is governmental policy provision likely to be decentralized?  Schackel’s study of forty European countries demonstrates that decentralization is heavily determined by two functional characteristics of policies — the availability of economies of scale, and the presence of significant externalities from provision — and by the degree of variation in policy preferences among localities.  Other factors — such as the extent of democratization, national wealth, and degree of integration into the European Union — play a less significant role.  Read more: Explaining Regional and Local Government: An Empirical Test of the Decentralization Theorem.

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June 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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