Decentralisation is a process that transfers political, administrative and fiscal responsibilities to the local elected bodies, and also empowers communities to ensure that these bodies function effectively. In the literature, it is often justified that decentralisation will result in good development outcomes. The decentralised government, being closer to the people, is in more advantageous position to obtain information on the situation, problems and needs of the people. It is also argued that elected leaders to decentralised government have incentives to formulate plans according to the needs and preferences of the people, and implement them in such a way that the people, in general, and their constituency, in particular, benefit from such need-based and decentralised plans.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Decentralisation and DevelopmentInstitute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)BengaluruIndia

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