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Local Governance Reforms in Asia

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From the 1990s, there has been a momentum in most Asian countries to decentralise their governance. The reasons for this momentum include rapid economic growth and urbanization; growing pressure to provide services to an expanding and increasingly concentrated population; and, politically, the collapse of authoritarian regimes which have fuelled demand for legitimate, local representation. Each country has approached the task of reforming their local government system in a different way. Institutional path dependencies are strong but events, sometimes beyond the control of central governments are powerful forces for change.

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Kersting, N., Caulfield, J., Nickson, R.A., Olowu, D., Wollmann, H. (2009). Local Governance Reforms in Asia. In: Local Governance Reform in Global Perspective. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-91686-6_5

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