Decentralisation and Local Governance in the MENA Region
Recent decentralisation reforms have – at least on paper – devolved more resources and power to local governments, yet their administrative, fiscal and political autonomy remains limited. Decentralisation and other local governance reforms should therefore not be interpreted as a marker of government withdrawal, but rather as a tool in the toolbox of (semi-)authoritarian regimes in the MENA region to further extend government control and oversight to the peripheries of society, while outwardly satisfying Western expectations of transitions to democracy.
Bergh, S.I. (2010). Decentralisation and Local Governance in the MENA Region. IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook, 253–258. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/22311