Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Theorizing Dynamic Decentralization in Federations

Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Forthcoming

43 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2018

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Paolo Dardanelli

University of Kent

John Kincaid

Lafayette College

Alan Fenna

Curtin University

André Kaiser

University of Cologne

Andre Lecours

University of Ottawa

Ajay Kumar Singh

Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University)

Date Written: November 20, 2018

Abstract

This article develops a conceptual, methodological, and theoretical framework for analyzing dynamic decentralization in federations. It first reviews the literature and outlines the research design and methods adopted. It then conceptualizes static decentralization and describes the seven-point coding scheme we employed to measure it across twenty-two policy areas and five fiscal categories at ten-year intervals since the establishment of a federation. The subsequent section conceptualizes dynamic decentralization and discusses its five main properties: direction, magnitude, tempo, form, and instruments. Drawing from several strands of the literature, the article finally identifies seven categories of causal determinants of dynamic decentralization, from which we derive hypotheses for assessment.

Keywords: federalism, centralization, decentralization, fiscal federalism

JEL Classification: H11, H20, H5, H7

Suggested Citation

Dardanelli, Paolo and Kincaid, John and Fenna, Alan and Kaiser, André and Lecours, Andre and Singh, Ajay Kumar, Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Theorizing Dynamic Decentralization in Federations (November 20, 2018). Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3294226

Paolo Dardanelli (Contact Author)

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John Kincaid

Lafayette College ( email )

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Alan Fenna

Curtin University ( email )

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Australia

André Kaiser

University of Cologne ( email )

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Germany

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Andre Lecours

University of Ottawa ( email )

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Canada

Ajay Kumar Singh

Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University) ( email )

Hamdard Nagar
New Delhi, 110062
India

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