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Central-local Relations in Asia-Pacific Mark Turner

Central-local Relations in Asia-Pacific By Mark Turner

Central-local Relations in Asia-Pacific by Mark Turner

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To what degree should decision making power and authority be concentrated in central institutions and individuals? The conventional wisdom of centrality has swung in favour of decentralization. This book investigates the evidence of divergence in Asia Pacific.

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Central-local Relations in Asia-Pacific: Convergence or Divergence? by Mark Turner

A source of perennial tension in states is the degree to which decision-making power and authority should be concentrated in central institutions and individuals. At present the conventional wisdom of central-local relations has swung in favour of decentralization. There is, we are told, a convergence towards decentralized models of governance. This book investigates whether such convergence is taking place through detailed examination of country cases in Asia-Pacific. An introductory chapter surveys current thinking and trends in central-local relations. Of special concern is relating service delivery to particular patterns of central-local relations. Themes raised in the opening chapter are taken up in the detailed cases on Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the island states of the South Pacific, Vietnam and Laos. Each study was researched by a country expert with long experience in issues of central-local relations. The results of the country survey reveal a complex picture in which divergence is still evident in the region's patterns of central-local relations. This book is essential reading for academics, students, public servants and aid workers concerned with public sector reform, governance and politics.

About Mark Turner

MARK TURNER is Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, University of Canberra.

Table of Contents

List of Tables List of Figures List of Appendices Preface Notes on Contributors Central-Local Relations: Getting the Right Balance; M.Turner Central-Local Relations and Responsibilities in Bangladesh Experiments with the Organization, Management and Delivery of Services; D.Hulme & N.A.Siddiquee Beyond Integration? The Need to Decentralize Central-Regional/Local Relations in Indonesia; R.Gerritsen & S.Situmorang Central-Local Relations in Thailand: Bureaucratic Centralism and Democratization; W.Wongsekiarttirat Philippines: From Centralism to Localism; M.Turner Decentralization in Papua New Guinea: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back; R.J.May Scale and Governance in the South Pacific; P.Larmour Rethinking the Philosophy of Central-Local Relations in Post-Central Planning Vietnam; T.Vasavakul Central-Local Relations in the Lao People's Democratic Republic: Historic Overview, Current Situation and Trends; P.Keuleers and L.Sibounheuang Conclusion: Learning from the Case-Studies; M.Turner Index

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Central-local Relations in Asia-Pacific: Convergence or Divergence? by Mark Turner
Palgrave Macmillan
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