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Decentralization and Local Governance: Introduction and Overview

  • Fumihiko Saito

Abstract

In many parts of the world today, various forms of decentralization measures are now implemented. It is hoped that decentralized states will fulfill high expectations reflecting the demands of our time. These measures are expected to make the states both democratic and developmental. Toward democratization, decentralization intends to widen the opportunities for citizens to participate in local decision-making processes. As for economic development, the decentralized states are expected to reduce poverty by making public services more responsive to the needs of people. Decentralization, therefore, has often been regarded as a “panacea” as well as a normatively justified policy that has no room for criticism.

Keywords

Local Government Deliberative Democracy Local Governance Actor Perspective Decentralize State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fumihiko Saito
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  1. 1.Local Human Resources and Public Policy Development System Open Research Centre (LORC)Ryukoku UniversityRyukoku

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