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Decentralization in Africa : A Stocktaking Survey

  title={Decentralization in Africa : A Stocktaking Survey},
  author={Stephen N. Ndegwa},
In the last decade or so, decentralization has gained prominence as an expressed goal or as an actual pursuit in several African countries. Moreover, since independence, several countries have experimented with decentralization with varying degrees of success. The near universality of the claim to decentralization and the diverse consequences of the revival of local government structures under political liberalization suggest a need to better understand the extent, pace, and consequences of… Expand

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