Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Theorizing Dynamic Decentralization in Federations
Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Forthcoming
43 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 20, 2018
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
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