Decentralization of the delivery of public services has been an important part of public sector reform in many countries. The arguments typically used by governments, international agencies and donors have been mostly of economic and technical nature. The political economy approach can complement this diagnosis and advice work by predicting the effect of decentralization reforms in real political and institutional settings, highlighting the practical pitfalls of particular reform designs implemented, and helping understand the motives that drive politicians to transfer responsibilities and resources to lower levels of government.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together original research papers that cast some light on this topic. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. A tentative list of topics of interest is given below, although papers dealing with any aspect of fiscal federalism, decentralization or the political economy of local governments are welcome.