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The trend toward greater decentralization of governance activities, now accepted as commonplace in the West, has become a worldwide movement . Today’s world demands flexibility, adaptation, and the autonomy to bring those qualities to bear. In this thought-provoking book, the first in a new series on Innovations in Governance, experts in government and public management trace the evolution and performance of decentralization concepts, from the transfer of authority with government to the sharing of power, authority, and responsibilities among broader governance institutions. The contributors to Decentralizing Governance assess emerging concepts such as devolution and capacity building; they also detail factors driving the decentralization movement such as the ascendance of democracy, economic globalization , and technological progress. Their analyses range across many regions of the world and a variety of contexts, but each specific case explores the objectives of decentralization and the benefits and difficulties that will likely result. Contributors include: William Ascher, Claremont-McKenna College; Guido Bertucci, United Nations; Peter Blunt, Blunt & Associates; Derick W. Brinkerhoff, RTI International; Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, George Washington University; Enrique Cabrero, CIDE, Mexico; Ledivina V. Cariño, University of the Philippines; Merilee S. Grindle, Harvard University; Goran Hyden, University of Florida; John-Mary Kauzya, United Nations; Kem Lowry, University of Hawaii; Stephanie McNulty, George Washington University; Gowher Rizvi, Ash Institute; Maria Stefania Senese, United Nations; Naresh Singh, UN Development Programme; Paul Smoke, NYU; Mark Turner, University of Canberra; Kadmiel H. Wekwete, UNDP. G. Shabbir Cheema is the principal adviser on governance in the Department of Public Administration and Development Management, within the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. His most recent book is Building Democratic Institutions: Governance Reform in Developing Countries. The late Dennis A. Rondinelli was senior research scholar of public policy studies at Duke University’s Center for International Development. Among his books is Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan: Lessons from Development Experience, coedited with John D. Montgomery. Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Cambridge, Mass. www.ashinstitute.harvard.edu Brookings Institution Press Washington, D.C. www.brookings.edu ...

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