Regional Development Dynamics and Decentralization in the Philippines: Ten Lessons from a "Fast Starter"

  title={Regional Development Dynamics and Decentralization in the Philippines: Ten Lessons from a "Fast Starter"},
  author={Arsenio M. Balisacan and A. M. Hill and A Piza},
  journal={ASEAN Economic Bulletin},
  pages={293 - 315}
Spatial disparities, regional dynamics and centre–region relations are the focus of much attention in the developing world, owing to growing analytical and policy interest, concern over deeply entrenched spatial inequality, transitions from economic crises or command economies, and the uneven effects of rapid global integration. Many countries are embarking on major decentralization programmes. This paper examines regional dynamics and decentralization with reference to the Philippines, a… 

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