Central—Local Relations: Themes and Issues

  • Mark Turner
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


A source of perennial tension in states is the degree to which decision-making power and authority should be concentrated in central institutions and individuals. While there are examples of national leaders who have seemingly attempted to accrue all significant decision-making powers for themselves, the attainment of such a goal is simply infeasible, especially in today’s complex and turbulent world. Some power has to be given out to or recognized as existing in subnational authorities or other state organizations. Furthermore, the centripetal forces that gather power to the centre are countered by centrifugal forces that attempt to draw decision-making responsibilities to local authorities.


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