Is decentralization still recentralization? The local government reform programme in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Kessy, A. T.
dc.contributor.author McCourt, W.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-19T07:13:28Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-19T07:13:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Kessy, A. T., & McCourt, W. (2010). Is decentralization still recentralization? The local government reform programme in Tanzania. International Journal of Public Administration, 33(12-13), 689-697. en_US
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2010.514454
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12661/2185
dc.description Abstract. Full Text Article available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01900692.2010.514454 en_US
dc.description.abstract Many governments have promoted decentralization, but opinion is divided on whether real devolution of authority from the centre to the local level has occurred. This article uses a study of the Local Government Reform Program (LGRP) in Tanzania to explore whether decentralization is realizing its objectives. Our findings are that LGRP has led to a significant devolution of authority and resources. However, persisting capacity deficits, increased financial dependence on the central government, and political and institutional constraints mean that the achievements have fallen short of the reformers' intentions. The study suggests that even where political will to decentralize exists, it has to translate into identifying and dealing with stubborn and subtle constraints such as, in this case, the contradiction between a new devolved structure and a persisting deconcentrated structure in order for decentralization to reach the logical conclusion that the reformers intended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Decentralization en_US
dc.subject Devolution en_US
dc.subject Participation en_US
dc.subject Local governance en_US
dc.subject Local government en_US
dc.subject Local Government Reform Program en_US
dc.subject LGRP en_US
dc.title Is decentralization still recentralization? The local government reform programme in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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