This collection of papers disseminates some of the lessons of the World Bank's experience and research efforts on the linkages between decentralization and infrastructure service delivery. It follows up on the World Bank's "World Development Report 1994: Investing in Infrastructure" (1994 WDR). It shows that decentralization is not a panacea and unless some demanding requirements are met, performance gains will not materialize. More specifically, the papers provide: (i) a summary of the lessons from World Bank experience on decentralization as a way of providing a general context to the importance of infrastructure decentralization; (ii) a review of the more institutional aspects and their implications for policy design much more detailed than the space allocated in the 1994 WDR allowed; (iii) an empirical assessment of the consequences of decentralization on expenditure levels and on performance in infrastructure and some indications of the possible handles available to policymakers to improve the odds of successful decentralization; and (iv) a research agenda on decentralization relying more systematically on the recent developments in the theory of the firm.

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    • This report is part of the "World Bank Discussion Papers" series.
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  • Authors:
    • Estache, A
    • Dillinger, B
    • Bird, R M
    • Smith, W
    • Shin, B
    • SINHA, S
    • Humplick, F
    • Cremer, J
    • Seabright, P
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00727255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0821333356
  • Report/Paper Numbers: WBDP: 290
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1996 12:00AM