Decentralizing for Development: The developmental potential of local autonomy and the limits of politics driven decentralization reforms

Decentralization does not always guarantee democratic development, so how then can a model of decentralization be designed so that it also creates incitements for democratic institutions?

In this paper the author tries to find the missing link between decentralization reforms and good governance. The important contribution in this paper is that one needs to take into account the political agendas within a decentralisation process in a developing country. Only then is it possible to better support the democratic transformation process in many developing countries. This paper is of much use in the process of creating well-functioning development assistance in developing countries.

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