The Political Economy of Decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Implementation Model in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal Bernard Dafflon
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For the past two decades, experiments in decentralization and federalization have_x000D_ been developing in Africa, Asia, and the formerly communist states of Eastern_x000D_ Europe. Many of the powers previously in the hands of the central government_x000D_ or its deconcentrated structures have been transferred to lower government layers._x000D_ Additionally, local governments are gradually emerging as development actors._x000D_ Whatever the reasons for decentralization, the transfer of new functions to local_x000D_ governments can be substantive, at least in intent._x000D_ _x000D_ The Political Economy of Decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa offers a new_x000D_ policy-oriented implementation model, applied systematically in parallel in Burkina_x000D_ Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal. The book studies the individual countries and_x000D_ compares similar issues based on the same blueprint. The analysis is not intended_x000D_ to assess whether the chosen decentralization model is the right one, which does_x000D_ not exist. Rather, it examines decentralization achievements in specific national_x000D_ settings and compares those achievements with the announced objectives. The_x000D_ divergences revealed enable decision makers to choose appropriate directions_x000D_ for country reform._x000D_ _x000D_ This method does not transpose textbook solutions to the states. The reference_x000D_ framework offers an analytical approach contextualized to each country that_x000D_ integrates not only economic arguments, but also sociopolitical ones. The authors_x000D_ propose an analytical guide founded on political and institutional economy. They_x000D_ analyze decentralized policies that help stakeholders to identify the issues, point_x000D_ out stumbling blocks, and ensure coherent decisions on decentralization. The book_x000D_ is an asset to all those involved in negotiating and implementing approaches to_x000D_ decentralization.

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