Abstract

We review recent evidence regarding decentralization and state strength and argue that decentralization can deepen democracy without compromising state strength if adequately designed. We examine how decentralization affects five key aspects of state strength: 1) Authority over territory and people, 2) Conflict prevention 3) Policy autonomy and the ability to uphold the law, 4) Responsive, accountable service provision, and 5) Social learning. We provide specific reform paths that should lead to strengthening in each.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 60-74
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-19
Open Access
No
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