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Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesNew Patterns and Emerging Trends$
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Germano Mwabu, Cecilia Ugaz, and Gordon White

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.001.0001

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The Role of the State in the Provision of Social Services: Decentralization and Regulation

The Role of the State in the Provision of Social Services: Decentralization and Regulation

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(p.142) 7 The Role of the State in the Provision of Social Services: Decentralization and Regulation
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Social Provision in Low-Income Countries
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CECILIA UGAZ

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.003.0008

This chapter is the outcome of an attempt to unfold and comprehend the processes available in decentralisation, which may overcome the quandaries of providing social services. It begins with the emphasis on the separation of economic and political factors, whether in favour of or against a decentralised setting. Definitions of decentralisation and regulation, and its implications on the betterment of the distribution system followed the discussion. The chapter goes on to consider the notable issues in fiscal decentralisation, the importance of inter-administrative transfers as instruments for supplying incentives to domestic institutions, the resolution to problems encountered in the delivery of social services, the assessment of decentralisation elements, the components of the regulatory framework of public provision, and the analysis of government intervention in the pursuance of social welfare.

Keywords:   decentralisation, social welfare, regulation, social services, public provision, incentives, government

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