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

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

by Mark Turner (Editor), Mark Turner (Editor)
 
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

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)

Product Details

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)

Meet the Author

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

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