Central-Local Relations in Asia-Pacific: Convergence or Divergence?

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A source of perennial tension in states is the degree to which decision-making power and authority should be concentrated in central institutions and individuals. At present the conventional wisdom of central-local relations has swung in favor of decentralization. There is a convergence towards decentralized models of governance. This book investigates whether such convergence is taking place by examining several countries in the Asia-Pacific. The results of the survey reveal a complex picture in which divergence...
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Overview

A source of perennial tension in states is the degree to which decision-making power and authority should be concentrated in central institutions and individuals. At present the conventional wisdom of central-local relations has swung in favor of decentralization. There is a convergence towards decentralized models of governance. This book investigates whether such convergence is taking place by examining several countries in the Asia-Pacific. The results of the survey reveal a complex picture in which divergence is still evident in the region's patterns of central-local relations.
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Contains ten contributions examining the degree to which decentralized models of governance are currently in place in the countries of the Asia Pacific. An introductory chapter surveys current thinking and trends in central-local relations. Subsequent chapters offer case studies of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the island states of the South Pacific, Vietnam, and Laos. Most of the contributors are Australian university-affiliated professors of government, development studies, and related fields. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312221959
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: International Political Economy Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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Mark Turner is Professor in the School of Administrative Studies at the University of Canberra.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Notes on the Contributors
Map of Asia-Pacific Countries Covered in this Study
1 Central-Local Relations: Themes and Issues 1
2 Decentralization in Bangladesh: Promises, Performances and Politics 19
3 Beyond Integration? The Need to Decentralize Central-Regional/Local Relations in Indonesia 48
4 Central-Local Relations in Thailand: Bureaucratic Centralism and Democratization 71
5 Philippines: From Centralism to Localism 97
6 Decentralization in Papua New Guinea: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back 123
7 Scale and Governance in the South Pacific 149
8 Rethinking the Philosophy of Central-Local Relations in Post-Central-Planning Vietnam 166
9 Central-Local Relations in the Lao People's Democratic Republic: Historic Overview, Current Situation and Trends 196
10 Conclusion: Learning from the Case-Studies 236
Index 247
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