International Conference on Decentralization and its Discontents: Recalibrating Public Service Delivery in Asia
Revision as of 11:20, 16 September 2011 by Najim
|International Conference on Decentralization and its Discontents: Recalibrating Public Service Delivery in Asia|
|Summary||Public Service Delivery in Asia|
The Conference will explore the decentralization-centralization dynamics in Asia and beyond with the purpose of assessing the current situation and developing workable ("best practices") arrangements for partnerships. It is expected that papers will highlight the ways in which the relationship between central and local governments is being redefined and recalibrated to more effectively deliver public services. The papers will not only describe and evaluate decentralization efforts and how they are being modified in sectors such as education, health care, housing, irrigation, transportation, and energy, but will also situate the discussion within the larger theoretical context of public management and administrative reforms. Issues that will be particularly relevant to the conference include identifying the preconditions for successful collaborative governance, the new challenges to implementation capacity posed by decentralization and de-concentration, and the manner in which policy innovations diffuse through policy learning and transfer.