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By Shahid Javed Burki

"Decentralization is remodeling the constitution of governance in Latin the USA. considering 1983, all yet one of many biggest nations within the area have noticeable a move of strength, assets, and duties to subnational devices of government." This dispersion of strength is an international development as a result of many various political, monetary, and social components. besides the fact that, as this pattern maintains, the significance of responsibility, identifying who's chargeable for what, and giving these held dependable the authority to convey effects. In mild of those very important concerns, this document examines the influence of decentralization and its impression at the potency of public providers, on fairness, and on macroeconomic balance. It additionally addresses the difficulty of politics and notes that profitable decentralization calls for greater than strong principles. these ideas has to be appropriate with incentives. for this reason, the record seems to be on the broader algorithm that have an effect on political habit, focusing rather on electoral structures and political events.

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A similar pattern emerges in the chapters that examine the impact of decentralization on the quality of public services. To examine this issue, the report looks at three specific sectors: education, health, and roads. Each is a major expenditure item of government. Each has been the object of decentralization in Latin America. Here again we find that success lies in (a) clearly establishing responsibility for performance (accountability) while (b) allocating sufficient authorityto deliver results.

The group benefited from initial discussions at a workshop on the topic, carried out with lead economists, lead specialists, and staff from the LAC regional office of the World Bank. Richard Bird, of the University of Toronto, and Ernesto Stein, of the Inter-American Development Bank, also provided valuable input into the initial design of the report. A. (Colombia) GDPGross domestic product GNPGross national product INEPInstituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais IMSSSocial Security Institute (Mexico) LACLatin America and the Caribbean NGONon-governmental organization OECDOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development OPDDecentralized public organism (Mexico) PRIPartido Revolucionario Institucional PSFPrograma de Saude de Familia (Brazil) SIMCESistema de Medicion de la Calidad de la Ensenanza SNSubnational SSAMinistry of Health (Mexico) SUSSingle health system (Brazil) TVAASTennessee Value-Added Assessment System UNESCOUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization VATValue-added tax Page 1 Prologue Matching Authority and Accountability Decentralization is transforming the structure of governance in Latin America.

Another is privatization, through the sale of assets, the granting of concessions, and through public-private alliances. This report focuses on elected subnational government for two reasons. First, it is the most ambitiousand perhaps most riskyof the three forms of. structural reform going on in the region. Second, it is unique in its behavioral implications. Decentralization shifts the structure of local accountability from central government to local constituents. Decentralization, in contrast, preserves the hierarchical relationship between central government and field staff.

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