Decentralisation and Regional Development

Experiences and Lessons from Four Continents over Three Decades

  • Eva Dick
  • Karin Gaesing
  • Daniel Inkoom
  • Teodoro Kausel

Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Eva Dick, Karin Gaesing, Daniel Inkoom, Teodoro Kausel
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book analyzes decentralisation, regional development paths and success factors in different governance sectors in Ghana, the Philippines, Tanzania and Chile, and discuss overarching aspects of relevance. Decentralisation, which refers to the delegation of administrative responsibilities, political decision-making and fiscal powers to lower levels of government, is now considered one of the most efficient engines of development. In Sub-Saharan Africa decentralised states have made more progress in reducing poverty than those states with lower decentralisation scores. But in many countries, decentralisation is still considered a ‘work in progress’ with unsatisfactory results. From a spatial point of view, the link between decentralisation and regional and district development is particularly interesting. Both in the North and in the South, regional or district development is seen as holding the potential for advancing social and economic development, and even more so in decentralised political settings. Space-based networks at the regional or district level are considered instrumental for responding to locally specific challenges, e.g. in areas lagging behind economically.


Africa Chile Decentralisation Ghana Global South Philippines Regional Development Regional Development Sub-Sahara Tanzania

Editors and affiliations

  • Eva Dick
    • 1
  • Karin Gaesing
    • 2
  • Daniel Inkoom
    • 3
  • Teodoro Kausel
    • 4
  1. 1.TU Dortmund University Faculty of Spatial PlanningDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Spatial PlanningTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany
  3. 3.Department of PlanningKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Department of PlanningKumasiGhana
  4. 4.Department of Economics, AdministrationUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29365-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29367-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-315X
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-3168
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