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Title:Disconnect between public sector management system and decentralization reforms: an empirical analysis of the Ethiopian situation
Author:Chanie, PaulosISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:25
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:59-91
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:public administration
decentralization
public finance
human resources
central-local government relations
Management, Public Administration
Decentralization in government
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v025/25.1.chanie.pdf
Abstract:Post-1991 decentralization reform in Ethiopia reveals that technically regional governments have separate power to self administer their regions, formulate and implement their socioeconomic policies and strategies, bear all financial expenditures, raise revenue from specified tax bases, get subsidies from the central government and borrow from internal sources. The implementation of the reform, however, shows sustained central government dominance on expenditure and revenue assignment, continued regional dependence on central subsidies, absence of borrowing, and sustained central government interference in the administrative affairs of regions. By conducting detailed field research in three regional governments, this article exposes how the public sector management system (public finance and human resource management systems) determines decentralization outcomes. It contends that outcomes of decentralization reforms are shaped not only by political and economic factors, as suggested in the decentralization literature, but also by the de facto public sector management system. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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