Decentralization Task Force Meeting, New York City 2006
February 16, 2006 - February 17, 2006
Columbia University New York City, New York, United States
Decentralization is on the policy agenda all over the world. Although real experiments are under way in scores of countries and literally hundreds of empirical studies have been conducted, the economic and political effects of decentralization are still unclear. Furthermore, the key determinants that differentiate successful from unsuccessful decentralization strategies are largely unknown. The fact that many countries are still involved in some form of decentralization programs gives rise to the concern that these are "shots in the dark."
At their second meeting on February 16-17, 2006 at Columbia University, the task force isolated the sources of disagreement among competing perspectives and used case studies to illustrate the impact of decentralization programs. The stated goal was to develop a comprehensive catalogue of policy analysis useful to policymakers and civil society. The task force also met to present new research and papers for critique and to discuss the most recent draft of the task force overview report.