On Tuesday 26th September, the editors and contributors to Decentralised Governance: Crafting Effective Democracies Around The World explored the key themes and case studies showcased in their new book, out now via Open Access with LSE Press.
In this launch event chaired by Adnan Khan, Sarmistha Pal, Jean-Paul Faguet and contributor Fabio Sanchez discussed the applications of decentralisation using broad cross-country data from studies of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Ghana, Kenya and Colombia.
Decentralised Governance brings together a new generation of political economy studies that explores the questions surrounding effective decentralisation using an analytical approach, blending theoretical insights with empirical innovation.
The book includes contributions from Farzana Afridi, Daniel Chachu, Valentina Chegwin, Michael Danquah, Shanta Devarajan, Amrita Dhillon, Jean-Paul Faguet, Rachel M. Gisselquist, Dashleen Kaur, Stuti Khemani, Adeel Malik, Monica Martinez-Bravo, Michael Mbate, Rinchan Mirza, Anirban Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, Isabela Munevar, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Sarmistha Pal, Jean-Philippe Platteau, Nancy Qian, Arka Roy Chaudhuri, Fabio Sánchez, Abu S. Shonchoy, Zaki Wahhaj and Yang Yao.
Praise for Decentralised Governance
“This book provides a major step in our understanding the nuances and complexities of the subject, utilises both political and mechanism design insights, and guides us to valuable tools in reforming our beleaguered systems of political accountability.” — Pranab Bardhan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
“An essential and long-awaited book on the effects of decentralisation in developing countries from a comparative perspective. Its reading will help to understand the complexity of decentralised governance and the importance of the role of political, social and cultural variables. It is a must-read for researchers, practitioners and anyone interested in the complexity of policy-making around the world.” — José M. Ruano, Director of the Complutense School of Government, Complutense University of Madrid and Editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Decentralisation in Europe
“Decentralisation has often been hailed as a panacea for development. However, if not implemented effectively, it can fail to deliver on its promise. This book edited by Faguet and Pal provides —using a wealth of cases covering many parts of the emerging world— the necessary guidance to harness the potential of decentralisation while sidestepping its drawbacks. A must read.” — Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Princesa de Asturias Chair, London School of Economics
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