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Title:Financial Resource Base of Sub-National Governments and Fiscal Decentralization in Ghana
Authors:Inanga, Eno L.
Osei-Wusu, David
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:fiscal policy
public debt
revenue allocation
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8268.2004.00085.x/pdf
Abstract:The past two decades have witnessed numerous attempts in developing countries at institutionalizing decentralization. Political leaders tended, before then, to believe that centralized planning was the key to economic growth and development. Ghana has not been excluded from this wave towards the transfer of power, competences, resources and functions from the centre to local levels of government. While Ghana has achieved significant political and administrative decentralization as well as decentralized planning, fiscal decentralization has been the unyielding component of the process. This paper examines the desirability, or otherwise, of fiscal decentralization in the context of funding arrangements. It uses the funding regime model as a basis for analysing how regulatory provisions, political and economic factors and practices, determine financial capacity of subnational governments. Evidence in the paper leads to the conclusion that subnational governments in Ghana do not support fiscal autonomy. They, instead, prefer being served and financed by the central government. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]