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The Efficacy of Decentralization in the Republic of Macedonia

Rockel, Adam J. (2008): The Efficacy of Decentralization in the Republic of Macedonia.

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Decentralization has been an integral part of the political reform process in former socialist countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The rationale behind decentralizing government services and responsibilities to the local units of government is that they are closer to the clientele they serve and, therefore, can better understand their needs to respond more efficiently and effectively. Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, the Republic of Macedonia has instituted a number of legislative changes that transferred a significant number of competencies from the central government to the municipalities. This study examines the decentralization process in the Republic of Macedonia and assesses whether the decentralization process has created local units of government that are more efficient, effective, and accountable. The study looks at the interaction between the central government and the municipalities to investigate the degree to which the proper competencies have or have not been transferred to the lower level of government.

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