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Decentralisation and local governance


You will study the fiscal and policy relationships between local and sub-national government.

Topics covered

  • Unit 1 What is Decentralisation?
  • Unit 2 Decentralisation in Practice
  • Unit 3 Conditions Needed to Make Decentralisation Work
  • Unit 4 Political Decentralisation, State-Society Relations and Domestic Accountability
  • Unit 5 Administrative Decentralisation
  • Unit 6 Fiscal Decentralisation
  • Unit 7 Local Government Autonomy and Capacity Learning Outcomes
  • Unit 8 Monitoring, Evaluation and Decentralisation


  • one three-hour unseen written examination (70%)
  • two tutor marked assignments (30%)