Publication: How-to Note : A Framework for the Assessment of Political Decentralization
Political decentralization is the primary mechanism through which citizen preferences are represented in the decision making, and is therefore essential to an effective system of decentralization. The purpose of this note is to elucidate components of a well-designed political decentralization system and is aimed to assist task teams and stakeholders to evaluate political decentralization effort in any given country. There are two main components of political decentralization system: a) discretion allowed to the local government to perform fundamental functions that allow them to represent the preferences of the citizens in decision making process; and b) mechanisms that hold the local government accountable for appropriate use of this discretion.
“Gurkan, Asli; Yilmaz, Serdar; Aslam, Ghazia. 2010. How-to Note : A Framework for the Assessment of Political Decentralization. Social Development Notes; No. 124. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/f139fe96-9d72-5da3-b00e-78b8a3a640fb License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”