1. Studies in Fiscal Federalism and State-local Finance series

    Series editor: Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Regents Professor of Economics and Director, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, US

    This important series is designed to make a significant contribution to the development of the principles and practices of state-local finance. It will include both theoretical and empirical work. International in scope, it will address issues of current and future concern in both East and West and in developed and developing countries. The main purpose of the series is to create a forum for the publication of high quality work and to show how economic analysis can make a contribution to understanding the role of local finance in fiscal federalism in the twenty-first century.

Books in this series

TOTAL: 41
  1. Intergovernmental Transfers in Federations

    Intergovernmental Transfers in Federations

    Edited by Serdar Yilmaz, Farah Zahir
    Intergovernmental Transfers in Federations presents a synthesis of international experience of large federations in the most recent times in addressing the most fundamental issue of horizontal and vertical imbalances in their countries through the prism of intergovernmental transfers. Contributors delve into the various aspects of policy making as well as policy choices in selecting an efficiency path for a meaningful fiscal devolution aimed at integrating performance and incentives to reach an expenditure mix that facilitates better service delivery. Learn More
    2020   Hardback Price: $ 160.00   Web: $ 144.00
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  2. Local Accountability and National Coordination in Fiscal Federalism

    Local Accountability and National Coordination in Fiscal Federalism

    Charles R. Hankla, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Raúl A. Ponce Rodríguez
    This book argues that fiscal federalism will consistently deliver on its governance promises only when democratic decentralization is combined with the integration of political parties. It formalizes this argument and, using new data on subnational political institutions, tests it with models of education, health, and infrastructure service delivery in 135 countries across 30 years. It also presents comparative case studies of Senegal and Nigeria. The book emphasizes that a “fine balance” in local governance can be achieved when integrated party structures compensate for the potential downsides of a decentralized state. Learn More
    2019   Hardback Price: $ 120.00   Web: $ 108.00
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  3. Federalism in China and Russia

    Federalism in China and Russia

    Alexander Libman, Michael Rochlitz
    The book offers a comparative analysis of center-region relations in Russia and in China. The authors focus in particular on fiscal ties and incentives, bureaucratic and local government practices, flows of information, and the determinants of divergence between both countries. The book is based on a synthesis of a large body of empirical and theoretical evidence, and will appeal to scholars in public economics, political economy and comparative politics, as well as to students and policy analysts. Learn More
    2019   Hardback Price: $ 115.00   Web: $ 103.50
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  4. Fiscal Decentralization and Local Finance in Developing Countries

    Fiscal Decentralization and Local Finance in Developing Countries

    Roy Bahl, Richard M. Bird
    This book draws on experiences in developing countries to bridge the gap between the conventional textbook treatment of fiscal decentralization and the actual practice of subnational government finance. The extensive literature about the theory and practice is surveyed and longstanding problems and new questions are addressed. It focuses on the key choices that must be made in decentralizing, on how economic and political factors shape the choices that countries make, and on how, by paying more attention to the need for a more comprehensive approach and the critical connections between different components of decentralization reform, everyone involved might get more for their money. Learn More
    2018   Hardback Price: $ 190.00   Web: $ 171.00
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  5. The Future of Federalism

    The Future of Federalism

    Edited by Richard Eccleston, Richard Krever
    The crisis and its aftermath had a dramatic short-term effect on federal relations and, as the twelve case studies in this volume show, set in place a new set of socio-political factors that are shaping the longer-run process of institutional evolution and adaptation in federal systems. This illuminating book illustrates how an understanding of these complex dynamics is crucial to the development of policies needed for effective and sustainable federal governance in the twenty-first century.​ Learn More
    2017   Hardback Price: $ 167.00   Web: $ 150.30
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  6. Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Control

    Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Control

    Laura Von Daniels
    Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Control explores possible institutional solutions to fiscal instability in countries that have traditionally been caught up in problems of over-expenditure and over-indebtedness. How can governments control spending pressure from influential groups, often representing historically grown regional interests? Drawing on a mix of statistical analyses and case studies in institutional theory, the book provides new insights on previous stabilizations in Latin America and facilitates a better understanding of common dynamics of deficits and debt accumulation. Learn More
    2016   Hardback Price: $ 120.00   Web: $ 108.00
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  7. Multi-level Finance and the Euro Crisis

    Multi-level Finance and the Euro Crisis

    Edited by Ehtisham Ahmad, Massimo Bordignon, Giorgio Brosio
    Representing a unique contribution to the analysis and discussion of the unfolding Eurozone crisis in terms of the relationship between central and local government, this book addresses a number of important fiscal and political economy questions. To what extent have local and regional governments contributed to the crisis? To what degree have subnational services and investments borne the brunt of the adjustments? How have multi-level fissures affected tensions between different levels of government from the supranational to the local? This volume covers these and many other critical issues that have been largely ignored despite their relevance. Learn More
    2016   Hardback Price: $ 168.00   Web: $ 151.20
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  8. State and Local Financial Instruments

    State and Local Financial Instruments

    Craig L. Johnson, Martin J. Luby, Tima T. Moldogaziev
    The ability of a nation to finance its basic infrastructure is essential to its economic well-being in the 21st century. This book covers the municipal securities market in the United States from the perspective of its primary capital financing role in a fiscal federalist system, where subnational governments are responsible for financing the nation’s essential physical infrastructure. Learn More
    2014   Hardback Price: $ 131.00   Web: $ 117.90
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  9. Taxation and Development: The Weakest Link?

    Taxation and Development: The Weakest Link?

    Edited by Richard M. Bird, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
    Taxation and Development highlights the importance of better understanding the ways in which taxes and expenditure are linked. Focusing on developing countries, the book argues for a broader approach to the topic, with a secondary focus on developing and applying new modeling techniques to country-specific data. Learn More
    2014   Hardback Price: $ 183.00   Web: $ 164.70
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  10. The Challenge of Local Government Size

    The Challenge of Local Government Size

    Edited by Santiago Lago-Peñas, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
    Expert contributors in economics and political science offer a comprehensive breakdown of the issue of local jurisdiction fragmentation and provide recommendations for successful policy reform. Topics discussed include economies of scale, the costs and benefits of voluntary and forced amalgamation programs, the correlation between government size and corruption, privatization, and inter-municipal cooperation. A combination of theory and empirical evidence provides depth and makes this book an invaluable addition to the literature. Learn More
    2013   Hardback Price: $ 146.00   Web: $ 131.40
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  11. Decentralization in Developing Countries

    Decentralization in Developing Countries

    Edited by Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, François Vaillancourt
    This insightful study examines the decentralization experiences from 15 countries in different regions of the world. All of these countries have actively attempted to decentralize, or continue to do so, and have faced obstacles serious enough to either derail or significantly delay their decentralization objectives. Learn More
    2011   Hardback Price: $ 225.00   Web: $ 202.50
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  12. The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows

    The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows

    Edited by Núria Bosch, Marta Espasa , Albert Solé Ollé
    Struggles over what a region receives, or should receive, from the budget of the central government are common to many countries. Discussions often focus on the measures of ‘net fiscal flows’ or ‘fiscal balances’ provided by the government or other actors. This unique book shows just how these flows are computed then interpreted and clarifies the often misunderstood economic and political motives that explain why some regions receive more monies than others. Learn More
    2010   Hardback Price: $ 175.00   Web: $ 157.50
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  13. State and Local Fiscal Policy

    State and Local Fiscal Policy

    Edited by Sally Wallace
    In this broad and illuminating work, experts on public finance discuss innovations in state and local tax policy that have been implemented or considered over the course of the last three decades. The authors provide original work that analyzes whether state and local governments have ‘gone outside the box’ to deal with the strains of current public finances or have gotten along by adhering to the status quo. This book provides researchers, students and policy makers with evaluations and analyses by well-known scholars in the area of state and local public finance of actual practices and analysis of potential policy changes for the future. Learn More
    2010   Hardback Price: $ 145.00   Web: $ 130.50
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  14. Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction?

    Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction?

    Edited by Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
    Does decentralization enhance service delivery and poverty reduction? Drawing on cutting edge research, expert contributors address this fundamental question facing policy-makers in developing as well as advanced countries. This timely book builds upon insights on the recent developments in the intergovernmental literature first outlined in the Handbook of Fiscal Federalism. New empirical evidence from across the globe is presented: policy-oriented chapters evaluate fiscal federalism with an emphasis on the effectiveness of decentralized service delivery, the decentralization process in different parts of the world is appraised, and specially commissioned research focuses on the political economy process and the outcomes of the decentralization process. The role of international agencies, as explicit donors, is examined in several chapters. Learn More
    2009   Hardback Price: $ 184.00   Web: $ 165.60
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  15. The Political Economy of Financing Scottish Government

    The Political Economy of Financing Scottish Government

    C. Paul Hallwood, Ronald MacDonald
    Can the UK survive widespread dissatisfaction in both Scotland and England with the financing of public spending by Scotland’s parliament? This timely book explains how fiscal autonomy could raise economic growth and efficiency in Scotland – to the benefit of both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The authors discuss how other reform proposals – which amount to cutting Scotland’s block grant – would fail as they would not be seen in Scotland as legitimate. They conclude that fiscal autonomy would be accepted as it reduces Scotland’s democratic deficit in public spending, and would go a long way toward reducing vertical and horizontal imbalances in the UK. Learn More
    2009   Hardback Price: $ 127.00   Web: $ 114.30
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  16. The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform

    The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform

    Edited by Brian E. Dollery, Lorenzo Robotti
    The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform explores the entire spectrum of local government reform and focuses specifically on the question of structural reform in local government. It presents new theoretical models in an area largely lacking in analytical foundations and assesses the validity of these models against recent structural developments. Learn More
    2009   Hardback Price: $ 151.00   Web: $ 135.90
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  17. Fiscal Federalism and Political Decentralization

    Fiscal Federalism and Political Decentralization

    Edited by Núria Bosch, José M. Durán
    This book analyzes political decentralization and fiscal federalism in Canada and Germany, both traditional federal countries, and in Spain, a unitarian country engaged in the last two decades in a process of decentralization. Three key issues required for a well designed financing system are analyzed in depth, namely: tax assignment, equalization grants – i.e. redistribution of money from the wealthy regions or the national government to poorer regions, and the role of local governments in the administration of taxes. Learn More
    2008   Hardback Price: $ 145.00   Web: $ 130.50
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  18. The Politics and Economics of Regional Transfers

    The Politics and Economics of Regional Transfers

    Fabio Padovano
    Which programmes of income redistribution across jurisdictions are likely to be chosen in democratic countries and why? How does the degree of government centralization affect these choices? How does redistribution of income across regions interact with the migration of factors of production? Do these processes reinforce or do they obstruct each other, and why? This book tries to answer these questions and others related to the issue of income redistribution across states and regions. Learn More
    2007   Hardback Price: $ 127.00   Web: $ 114.30
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  19. Fiscal Reform in Spain

    Fiscal Reform in Spain

    Edited by Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, José F. Sanz-Sanz
    This book provides an insightful and in-depth analysis of the fiscal reform process experienced in Spain over the last 30 years. Learn More
    2007   Hardback Price: $ 234.00   Web: $ 210.60
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  20. Decentralization in Asia and Latin America

    Decentralization in Asia and Latin America

    Edited by Paul Smoke, Eduardo J. Gómez, George E. Peterson
    In addition to taking an atypically comparative perspective, the volume highlights the importance of an historical analysis of decentralization and links this to institutional and public policy outcomes. Placing decentralization in this context illustrates why it has taken dissimilar shapes and produced varying results over time in different countries. This in turn helps to clarify the types of institutions and conditions required for the development and survival of decentralization, paving the way for more creative thinking and informed policymaking. The countries covered include: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Learn More
    2007   Hardback Price: $ 184.00   Web: $ 165.60
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