The Decentralization Method as a Tool to Implement Social Initiatives of Citizens in Multinational States

Dawid Bunikowski & Kseniya ivanova, The Decentralization Method as a Tool to Implement Social Initiatives of Citizens in Multinational States, 4(1) BRICS law Journal 7–25 (2017)

19 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2017

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Dawid Bunikowski

Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, Department of Philosophy; University of the Arctic; Cardiff University, Centre for Law and Religion; University of Eastern Finland, Law School

Kseniya Ivanova

Tyumen State University

Date Written: January 12, 2017

Abstract

In this article the decentralization process and decentralization method are reviewed. Decentralization is the process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority. While centralization, especially in the governmental sphere, is widely studied and practiced, there is no common definition or understanding of decentralization. The meaning of decentralization may vary in part because of the different ways in which it is applied. In this article the concepts of decentralization are researched. Decentralization in any area is a response to the problems of centralized systems. Decentralization in government, the topic most studied, has been viewed as a solution to problems such as economic decline, government inability to fund services and the general decline in performance of overloaded services, the demands of minorities for a greater say in local governance, the general weakening legitimacy of the public sector, and global and international pressure on countries with inefficient, undemocratic, overly centralized systems. The authors also research the issues of personal federalism and the subsidiarity principle.

Keywords: decentralization method; subsidiarity; multinational state; delegation of powers; citizens’ participation in state affairs.

Suggested Citation

Bunikowski, Dawid and Ivanova, Kseniya, The Decentralization Method as a Tool to Implement Social Initiatives of Citizens in Multinational States (January 12, 2017). Dawid Bunikowski & Kseniya ivanova, The Decentralization Method as a Tool to Implement Social Initiatives of Citizens in Multinational States, 4(1) BRICS law Journal 7–25 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3001252 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3001252

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Kseniya Ivanova

Tyumen State University ( email )

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