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Decentralized Governance and Accountability
Academic Research and the Future of Donor Programming

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Jonathan A. Rodden, Erik Wibbels, Guy Grossman, Kate Baldwin, Pia Raffler, Jan H. Pierskalla, Edmund Malesky, Christopher Carter, Alison E. Post, Fotini Christia, Gianmarco León, Leonard Wantchekon, Thad Dunning, Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Anna Wetterberg, Gary A. Bland
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  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497909

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  • At the end of the twentieth century, academics and policymakers welcomed a trend toward fiscal and political decentralization as part of a potential solution for slow economic growth and poor performance by insulated, unaccountable governments. For the last two decades, researchers have been trying to answer a series of vexing questions about the political economy of multi-layered governance. Much of the best recent research on decentralization has come from close collaborations between university researchers and international aid institutions. As the volume and quality of this collaborative research have increased in recent decades, the time has come to review the lessons from this literature and apply them to debates about future programming. In this volume, the contributors place this research in the broader history of engagement between aid institutions and academics, particularly in the area of decentralized governance, and outline the challenges and opportunities to link evidence and policy action.

    • Reviews academic research of relevance to development programming on decentralization
    • Improves engagement between academic research and public policy on decentralization
    • Brings together many top applied scholars to evaluate two decades of research on decentralization and identify the most fruitful avenues for future research
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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497909
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Jonathan A. Rodden and Erik Wibbels
    2. The social underpinnings of decentralized governance: networks, technology and the future of social accountability Erik Wibbels
    3. Leadership selection rules and decentralized governance Guy Grossman
    4. Traditional leaders, service delivery and electoral accountability Kate Baldwin and Pia Raffler
    5. Decentralized rule and revenue Jonathan Rodden
    6. The proliferation of decentralized governing units Jan H. Pierskalla
    7. Decentralization and business performance Edmund Malesky
    8. Decentralization and urban governance in the developing world: experiences to-date and avenues for future research Christopher Carter and Alison E. Post
    9. Decentralization in post-conflict settings: assessing community-driven development in the wake of violence Fotini Christia
    10. Clientelism in decentralized states Gianmarco León and Leonard Wantchekon
    11. Decentralization and ethnic diversity Thad Dunning
    12. From decentralization research to policy and programs: a practical postscript Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Anna Wetterberg and Gary A. Bland

  • Editors

    Jonathan A. Rodden, Stanford University, California
    Jonathan A. Rodden is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and founder of the Stanford Spatial Social Science Lab. He is author of an award-winning book, Hamilton's Paradox: The Promise and Peril of Fiscal Federalism (Cambridge, 2005), as well as a new book on political geography, Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide (forthcoming).

    Erik Wibbels, Duke University, North Carolina
    Erik Wibbels is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Political Science at Duke University, North Carolina, and the co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His research focuses on development, redistribution, and political geography. He also works with bilateral and multilateral donors to improve the design and evaluation of governance programming and is a founding member of the DevLab@Duke.


    Jonathan A. Rodden, Erik Wibbels, Guy Grossman, Kate Baldwin, Pia Raffler, Jan H. Pierskalla, Edmund Malesky, Christopher Carter, Alison E. Post, Fotini Christia, Gianmarco León, Leonard Wantchekon, Thad Dunning, Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Anna Wetterberg, Gary A. Bland

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