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By James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation

ISBN-10: 0833026968

ISBN-13: 9780833026965

Indicates the result of a sequence of seminar video games simulating the choice decentralization schemes being reflected to aid illiminate the answer that might bring about a extra effective executive.

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This philosophy should be explicit about the meaning of equity, the expectations placed upon richer and poorer regions, how special needs would be considered, and how adjustments might be made for economically good or bad times. Competencies Do Matter Ambiguities exist in the regionalization plan proposed in the referendum not only with respect to the allocation of financial resources, but also regarding how competencies would devolve. An important consideration here is the form of devolution. Decentralization of a specific responsibility to a specific layer of government can take different forms.

Competencies Do Matter Ambiguities exist in the regionalization plan proposed in the referendum not only with respect to the allocation of financial resources, but also regarding how competencies would devolve. An important consideration here is the form of devolution. Decentralization of a specific responsibility to a specific layer of government can take different forms. The most important distinction is whether Page xvii responsibilities are fully decentralized (autonomy) or are shared between different levels of government (shared responsibilities).

A possible consequence is a high abstention rate, leading to an inconclusive result from the referendum. RegionalizationYes or No? A major finding of our study is that everybody seems to be in favor of decentralization. However, there is no consensus about whether decentralization should be accomplished by the implementation of the referendum proposal (Scenario A), direct devolution to municipalities (Scenario B) or horizontally coordinated regional decision centers (Scenario C). Before taking decisions on the best way to decentralize, it has to be clear which objectives are to be reached by the decentralization process.

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