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Social Sector in a Decentralized Economy
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This book is an analytical examination of financing and public service delivery challenges in a decentralized framework. It also provides critical insights into the effectiveness of public expenditure, through benefit incidence analysis of education and healthcare services in India. The benefits of decentralization always come with conflicts and trade-offs. By unpacking the process of decentralization, the authors identify that 'unfunded mandates', arising from the asymmetry between finances and functions at local levels, are a major challenge. The analysis is carried out by distilling the existing studies in this area, and through an empirical investigation of public finance data at different public sector levels in India, as well as in some selected developing countries. Using the household survey statistics of consumption expenditure, an analysis of utilization or benefit incidence of public spending on social sectors in India is achieved, covering education and health sectors.

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  • Frontmatter
    pp i-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • List of Tables, Figures, Boxes and Appendices
    pp vii-xii
  • List of Abbreviations
    pp xiii-xvi
  • Preface
    pp xvii-xviii
  • 1 - Unpacking Decentralization
    pp 1-9
  • 2 - Decentralization in Service Delivery: Empirical Evidences
    pp 10-23
  • 3 - Decentralization in India: History, Laws and Politics
    pp 24-44
  • 4 - Local-level Fiscal Decentralization: State Finance Commissions and Devolution
    pp 45-79
  • 5 - Decentralization of Education
    pp 80-105
  • 6 - Decentralization in Health Service Delivery
    pp 106-142
  • 7 - Measuring Benefit Incidence: Health and Education
    pp 143-168
  • 8 - Effectiveness of Decentralization on Service Delivery: Accountability and Efficiency
    pp 169-179
  • 9 - What We Have Learnt and the Way Ahead
    pp 180-182
  • Bibliography
    pp 183-197
  • Index
    pp 198-204


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