New Publication: Local Accountability and National Coordination in Fiscal Federalism

Only when democratic decentralization is combined with the integration of political parties, fiscal federalism will consistently deliver on its governance promises, Dr. Charles Hankla and coauthors argue in a new book.

Using data from 135 countries across 30 years in addition to comparative case studies of Senegal and Nigeria, the authors formalized an argument that emphasizes the importance of striking a “fine balance” between the accountability benefits delivered by empowered local governments and the national coordination necessary for good policy outcomes. Such a balance can be achieved when integrated party structures compensate for the potential downsides of a decentralized state.

“…A path-breaking contribution in advancing our knowledge on decentralized governance by providing a comprehensive theoretical and empirical framework on the impact of political institutions on the provision of local public goods.”

— Anwar Shah, Brookings Institution, The World Bank, US, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China

The three authors behind the new publication possess extensive expertise in the field. Dr. Charles R. Hankla is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Governance Programs, International Center for Public Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta; Dr. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez is the Regents Professor of Economics and Director, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta; and Raúl Alberto Ponce Rodríguez is a Professor of Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

The book is published by Edward Elgar Publishing and can be purchased here: