East Asia Decentralizes: Making Local Government Work

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The past two decades have witnessed a fundamental transformation in the structure of government across East Asia. Prior to 1990 most East Asian countries were highly centralized; today, decentralization is ubiquitous throughout the region. From China to Thailand, sub-national governments are now responsible for the delivery of critical services and account for a significant proportion of total public expenditure. In just two decades, local and regional authorities have emerged as the organizational fulcrum on ...

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The past two decades have witnessed a fundamental transformation in the structure of government across East Asia. Prior to 1990 most East Asian countries were highly centralized; today, decentralization is ubiquitous throughout the region. From China to Thailand, sub-national governments are now responsible for the delivery of critical services and account for a significant proportion of total public expenditure. In just two decades, local and regional authorities have emerged as the organizational fulcrum on which much of the weight of development now falls.

'East Asia Decentralizes' is the first attempt to look systematically at this phenomenon throughout East Asia. It is broken into four main sections. Chapters 1 and 2 provide an overview of the intergovernmental structures and frameworks that have emerged thus far, assess the status of the decentralization process, and identify key reform challenges for the future. Chapters 3-7 examine various dimensions of local and intergovernmental finance: sub-national borrowing; local revenues; public expenditure management; and the impact of the process on inter-regional equity and poverty reduction. The management of human resources is also covered here. Chapters 8-10 focus on the impact of decentralization on investment and service-delivery in three key sectors: health, education and basic infrastructure. The final two chapters (11-12) look at issues connected with local accountability and community driven development.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780821360590
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Series: Stand Alone Series
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 East Asia decentralizes 1
2 The rules of the intergovernmental game in East Asia : decentralization frameworks and processes 25
3 Achieving fiscal sustainability 53
4 Fiscal disparities in East Asia : how large and do they matter? 67
5 Public expenditure on the frontline : toward effective management by subnational governments 85
6 Subnational own-source revenue : getting policy and administration right 107
7 Managing human resources in a decentralized context 129
8 Decentralizing health : lessons from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam 155
9 Education reforms in East Asia : policy, process, and impact 179
10 Decentralizing basic infrastructure services 209
11 Governance gone local : does decentralization improve accountability? 237
12 Community-driven development : decentralization's accountability challenge 253
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