Journal Article

No. 2014-3 | January 17, 2014
How Close Is Your Government to Its People? Worldwide Indicators on Localization and Decentralization PDF Icon

Abstract

This paper provides a unique data set on local governance. This dataset measures government decisionmaking at the local level, i.e. the level of government closest to the people. By contrast, the existing literature has focused on decisionmaking at the "sub-national" level. The data set covers 182 countries, and it captures institutional dimensions of political, fiscal and administrative autonomy enjoyed by local governments. These dimensions are then aggregated to develop a "decentralization index" and are then adjusted for heterogeneity to develop a "government closeness index".

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JEL Classification

H10 H11 H83 I31 O10

Citation

Maksym Ivanyna and Anwar Shah (2014). How Close Is Your Government to Its People? Worldwide Indicators on Localization and Decentralization. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 8 (2014-3): 1—61. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2014-3

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