The impact of recentralization on public services: A difference-in- differences analysis of the abolition of elected councils in vietnam

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Comparative political economy offers a wealth of hypotheses connecting decentralization to improved public service delivery. In recent years, influential formal and experimental work has begun to question the underlying theory and empirical analyses of previous findings. At the same time, many countries have grown dissatisfied with the results of their decentralization efforts and have begun to reverse them. Vietnam is particularly intriguing because of the unique way in which it designed its recentralization, piloting a removal of elected people's councils in 99 districts across the country and stratifying the selection by region, type of province, and urban versus rural setting. We take advantage of the opportunity provided by this quasi experiment to test the core hypotheses regarding the decision to shift administrative and fiscal authority to local governments. We find that recentralization significantly improved public service delivery in areas important to central policy-makers, especially in transportation, healthcare, and communications. Copyright © American Political Science Association 2014.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Malesky, EJ; Nguyen, CV; Tran, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 144 - 168

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-5943

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0554

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0003055413000580

Citation Source

  • Scopus