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Title:An anatomy of public policy implementation: the case of decentralization policies in Ghana
Author:Ayee, Joseph R.A.
Series:The Making of Modern Africa
City of publisher:Aldershot
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:This book is about what went wrong in the pursuit of decentralization in Ghana, with special emphasis on the 1974 and 1988/1989 decentralization programmes. It deals with how and why the content of the decentralization policies/programmes and contextual variables have intervened in the implementation of the programmes. It argues that the implementation of decentralization policies in Ghana involves fundamental questions about conflict and 'who gets what' in society. The study shows that two problems in particular have hampered the implementation of Ghana's decentralization programmes. First, the implementation process has not been seen by successive governments as a learning process, during which decentralization objectives could be redefined. Second, given the large number of participants and the number of decision points, the probability of successful decentralization was low. The author stresses the need to build the implementation process into the design of decentralization programmes.