Fiscal and Financial Decentralization: A Comparative Analysis of Six West European Countries

Bernard Steunenberg, Nico Mol

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    Abstract

    One of the dimensions of reform in the public sector is the distribution of tasks between different levels of government. In most countries in Western Europe central government has become predominant, levying most of government revenues and providing a large number of goods and services. A reduction in the fiscal autonomy of local governments caused them to become increasingly dependent on central government grants for implementing their policies. In addition, a shift of political responsibility from the local to the central level caused local governments in some countries to fall increasingly under the control of central government.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPublic Sector Reform
    Subtitle of host publicationRationale, Trends and Problems
    EditorsJan-Erik Lane
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSAGE
    Chapter10
    Pages235-256
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Print)9781446279274
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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    Steunenberg, B., & Mol, N. (1997). Fiscal and Financial Decentralization: A Comparative Analysis of Six West European Countries. In J-E. Lane (Ed.), Public Sector Reform: Rationale, Trends and Problems (pp. 235-256). London: SAGE. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781446279274.n11