Expenditures and Service Delivery: Social Services

  • Harry KitchenEmail author
  • Melville McMillan
  • Anwar Shah


This chapter reviews expenditure and service delivery arrangements for social services. Responsibilities of local governments for social services—specifically schooling, health care, and social protection programs—vary substantially across countries. That variation accounts for the considerable differences found in the magnitudes of their budgets and in local governments’ relative roles in the countries’ public sectors. This chapter examines the roles of local government in the three areas in an effort to better understand the differences among those services, the differences across countries in the responsibility assignments among governments, and the implications for local public finance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Governance StudiesBrookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA

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