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Book Chapter
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Jones, Edwin
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Department of Government
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Institutional design for sub-national governance
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Hall, Kenneth O.; Benn, Denis
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Governance in the age of globalization: Caribbean perspectives
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Ian Randle
Date of Publication
2003
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229-248
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Abstract
Examines institutional design for subnational governance. Observes that since the 1970s the character and form of public service delivery have extended beyond provision through governments towards sub-national or decentralised systems, with an objective of 'empowering communities'. This reality is consistent with the new concept of governance which is premised on the slimming of the state, improving efficiency in the delivery of public service and a broadening of public-private working relations. Despite the emphasis on market-oriented intitutional regimes, based on a materialistic ethic as a means of improving efficiency gains, cautions that the community governance constructed on these premises could encourage dominance by the private sector and market forces and thus defeat the objective of community empowerment. Argues that institutional design and restructuring for local governance must embody flexibility in structure and administrative procedures. Concludes by arguing that the quality of the institutional design, the clarity with which institutional rules of the game are specified and the sense of equity that guides the distribution of the policy products of community institutions are fundamental to the realisation of the objectives of a good governance.....
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