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Decentralization

Christopher Pollitt

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226443
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Decentralization

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For the last quarter century or so, decentralization has been virtually unassailable. Almost everyone has been in favor of it, from the centralized French to the already decentralized Germans; from the majoritarian British to the consensual Danes and Dutch, and so on. The aim of this article is to probe and problematize the concept of “decentralization.” More specifically, it takes note of the long history of decentralization; explores the concept, and identify its various meanings; considers the (often unspoken) alternative—”centralization”; and reviews (necessarily superficially) some of the evidence concerning the practice of decentralization.

Keywords: decentralization; centralization; majoritarian British; problematization; decentralization history; decentralization practices

Article.  10525 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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