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Financing Local Government

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Decentralisation is now taking place in the public administrations of most countries of the world. A critical determinant of the effective performance of local governments is finance – their ability to both mobilise financial resources and to use those resources effectively and efficiently.



This book explores the variety of methods used to ensure that fiscal decentralisation takes place alongside administrative decentralisation. It considers the range of revenue sources available, the design systems of intergovernmental transfers between central and local government, and the kinds of rules and procedures necessary to ensure that local governments use their financial resources appropriately.



The experiences described in this book will help local government managers, and national policymakers charged with local government finance issues, to ensure that they follow good practice in their own programmes of local government reform.

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Introduction: Financing Local Government

Decentralisation is now taking place in most states, including Common wealth member countries. This trend began in the 1980s and since then most countries have devolved some responsibilities to regional and local level. The move has been driven by the failure of the state to be sufficiently responsive to citizens’ needs and regional differences and by the failure of centralised economic planning to deliver quality services to users at local level.

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