Options and Issues: A Manual for Policy Makers

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Powers and Functions

The distribution of powers and functions between the national and other levels of government tends to be the central issue in any programme of decentralisation. It also tends to be the most timeconsuming and contentious, requiring detailed understanding and review of almost all that government does, and disturbing entrenched interests. It tends to be particularly complex in cases of political decentralisation because they generally involve transfers of control not only from one level of government to another but from appointed public servants to elected politicians.


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