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What People are Saying

“This is a first-rate book. It consists of well-researched and well-written case studies that contain plenty of useful new information. The comparative sections of the text are quite solid and enlightening.”—James Manor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

“This volume examines the effects of decentralization on citizen-state relationships in the developing world.”—Choice

“It deserves to be read and pondered.”—Garth N. Jones, Journal of Third World Studies

“Provides important insights… will be of much interest to South Asian policy-makers and academics in the area of public administration.”—Abdullah Al Faruque, South Asia Research

Chapter List

Joseph S. Tulchin and Andrew D. Selee

1. Unraveling the Puzzle of Decentralization
Philip Oxhorn

Part I. Latin America
2. Twenty Years of Decentralization in Mexico: A Top-Down Process
Yemile Mizrahi
3. Decentralization and Civil Society in Mexico
Leticia Santín del Rio
4. State Decentralization and Regional Actors in Chile
Claudia Serrano
5. Local Governance and Democratization: The View from the Chilean Border
María Elena Ducci

Part II. Africa
6. South Africa’s Double Reform: Decentralization and The Transition from Apartheid
Steven Friedman and Caroline Kihato
7. Kenya’s Decentralization through the Devolution of Power: Advances and Limits
Gilbert M. Kahdiagala and Winnie V. Mitullah

Part III. Asia
8. The Philippines: Decentralization, Local Governments, and Citizen Action
Leonora C. Angeles and Francisco A. Magno
9. Decentralization and Regional Autonomy in Indonesia
Syarif Hidayat and Hans Antlöv

10. Decentralization and Democratic Governance: Lessons and Challenges
Andrew D. Selee and Joseph S. Tulchin

Selected Bibliographies: General and Regional 

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