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Decentralization and Human Welfare
2015 Association for Marketing & Health Care Research (AMHCR) Conference Proceedings (2015)
  • Nisha Bellinger, Montana State University - Billings
Demands for greater subnational autonomy have been a point of contention within various countries. While considerable amount of research focuses on the determinants of decentralization, the question that remains unanswered is: should governments maintain the existing structure of their polities or further decentralize power to incorporate increasing demands for greater subnational autonomy? Decentralization entails a modification of existing political institutions and may result in far-reaching ramifications for citizens who are directly affected by these changes. However, theoretical insights from the literature provide an uncertain answer to this question. This research note calls for a new research agenda that analyzes the effects of decentralization on human well-being where administrative sub-units serve as the unit of analysis, thereby providing greater clarity to the ambiguous effects of decentralization. In an attempt to gear research in this direction, I provide a preliminary assessment of the consequences of recent trends toward decentralization within India
Publication Date
February, 2015
Steamboat Springs, CO
Citation Information
Nisha Bellinger. "Decentralization and Human Welfare" 2015 Association for Marketing & Health Care Research (AMHCR) Conference Proceedings (2015)
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