• Evrim Tan
Part of the Public Sector Organizations book series (PSO)


The introduction sets out the major issues the book examines, highlighting the most prominent discussions in the literature on the relationship between decentralization and governance capacity. Noting the ambiguous relationship between decentralization and better governance, the Introduction puts forward the research questions the book addresses, namely ‘how should policymakers decide on the degree of decentralization to ensure the best outcome in public governance?’ and ‘how do governance capacities affect this outcome?’. Explaining the political and practical relevance of these questions, the introduction explains the importance of the issue to public administration, governance, and development studies.


Decentralization Governance Capacity 


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  • Evrim Tan
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  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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