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Decentralised Government in an Integrating World

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The book offers a comprehensive empirical analysis of the determinants of changes in the distribution of expenditure and revenue-raising powers among fiscal tiers in OECD countries. Using a new indicator of fiscal decentralisation which accounts for subnational decision-making autonomy, common decentralisation trends are investigated. Then, empirical evidence from panel analyses is provided for the role of costs, preferences and institutions in explaining fiscal federal structures, and for the impact of economic and political integration on the degree of government decentralisation, particularly among EU countries. Finally, the historical experience of Germany is used to explore long-term developments in the public sector.

This book provides an empirical and institutional analysis of ?scal federalism in OECD countries, focusing on the impact of economic and political integ- tion on the degree of public sector decentralisation. This work has been made possible through the ?nancial support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the Priority Programme Institutional Design of Federal S- tems:TheoryandEmpiricalEvidenceandthroughdi?erentresearchprojects carried out at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). First of all, I am very grateful to my supervisor Prof. Dr. Robert Sch- ger for ?nding interest in this topic and for giving me considerable freedom to write my doctoral thesis. I would like to thank him and Prof. Dr. Thiess B¨ uttner,whokindlyacceptedtobemysecondsupervisor,fortheircontinuous support throughout this work. Additionally, I am indebted to the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and to Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Wo- gang Franz for the excellent working and research conditions. I would also like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues from the ZEW Department of Corporate Taxation and Public Finance for the pleasant working envir- mentandmanyhelpfuldiscussions. Thanksarealsoduetoseveralanonymous referees and to participants in international conferences who with their cr- ical comments helped to improve the papers written during this time. I am also grateful to the student assistants, and particularly to Lena Lindlar, who provided able help in collecting and processing data and literature.

1: Introduction1.1 General Scope 1.2 Topics and Related Literature2: Public Sector Decentralisation: Measurement and International Trends2.1 Introduction2.2 Measuring Public Sector Decentralisation2.3 Corrected Indicators of Revenue Decentralisation2.4 A Current Overview of OECD Countries2.5 Fiscal Decentralisation Trends in OECD Countries2.6 Discussion and Conclusions3: Costs, Preferences, and Institutions: The Determinants of Fiscal Decentralisation3.1 Introduction3.2 Decision-Making liistitutioris and Government Decentralisation3.3 An Institutional Overview of OECD Countries3.4 Quantitative Analysis3.5 Results3.6 Discussion and Conclusions4: Economic Integration and Fiscal Decentralisation4.1 Introduction4.2 Theoretical Framework 4.3 Empirical Analysis4.4 Results4.5 Discussion and Conclusions5: Long-Term Trends in the Public Sector: An Inquiry into German History5.1 Introduction5.2 A Brief History of German Federalism5.3 Quantification of Long-Term Trends in the Public Sector5.4 Determinants of Fiscal Decentralisation in Germany5.5 Discussion and Conclusions6: Summary and ConclusionsA. Theoretical ModelB. Tables and FiguresC. Data Sources and DefinitionsD. Descriptive StatisticsList of FiguresList of TablesReferences


Titel: Decentralised Government in an Integrating World
Untertitel: Quantitative Studies for OECD Countries
EAN: 9783790816709
ISBN: 978-3-7908-1670-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Physica-Verlag
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 232
Veröffentlichung: 08.03.2006
Jahr: 2006
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.2 MB
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