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Handbook of Fiscal Federalism

Edited by Ehtisham Ahmad, London School of Economics, UK, Chinese Academy of Fiscal Science and Zhejiang University, China and Giorgio Brosio, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Turin, Italy
This major Handbook addresses fiscal relations between different levels of government under the general rubric of ‘fiscal federalism’, providing a review of the latest literature as well as an invaluable guide for practitioners and policy makers seeking informed policy options. The contributors include leading lights in the field, many of whom have themselves made seminal contributions to the literature.
In Association with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Extent: 584 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 008 6
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  • Economics and Finance
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This major Handbook addresses fiscal relations between different levels of government under the general rubric of ‘fiscal federalism’, providing a review of the latest literature as well as an invaluable guide for practitioners and policy makers seeking informed policy options. The contributors include leading lights in the field, many of whom have themselves made seminal contributions to the literature.

Comprehensive and wide in coverage, the issues covered range from federal systems to other forms of intergovernmental relations, such as supra-national constructs – namely, the European Union – unitary states, regional systems, and more decentralized operations, including community level organizations. The political economy approach emphasizes the importance of institutional arrangements, including the legal, political and administrative aspects, and information flows to ensure that there are appropriate incentives and sanctions to generate good governance.

This Handbook also devotes attention to emerging issues, such as environmental protection, the sharing of natural resources among levels of government, corruption and the impact of federalism and decentralization on national unity. It will be a vital reference tool for the area for many years to come.
‘This volume provides comprehensive coverage of fiscal federalism by some of the leading scholars in the field. . . This Handbook is an excellent addition to the present discourse on the role of the state in fiscal matters. This reviewer would recommend this book as a required text for a graduate or senior class on public finance or economic development. Researchers in economic development, public finance, and fiscal policy likewise would find this volume useful. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.’
– J. Raman, Choice
Contributors: E. Ahmad, J. Ahmad, M. Albino-War, M.F. Ambrosanio, P. Bardhan, R.M. Bird, R. Boadway, M. Bordignon, A. Breton, G. Brosio, R.D. Congleton, B. Dafflon, S. Dalmazzone, S. Devarajan, R.D. Ebel, R. Eichenberger, B.S. Frey, B. Galligan, S. Khemani, B. Lockwood, G. Rao, F. Revelli, P. Salmon, B. Searle, A. Shah, S. Shah, R. Singh, P.B. Spahn, J.D. Wilson
Contents:

Foreword

Introduction: Fiscal Federalism – A Review of Developments in the Literature and Policy
Ehtisham Ahmad and Giorgio Brosio

PART I: APPROACHES TO FISCAL FEDERALISM
1. The Political Economy of Decentralization
Ben Lockwood

2. Horizontal Competition Among Governments
Pierre Salmon

3. Modelling Vertical Competition
Albert Breton

4. Spatial Interactions Among Governments
Frederico Revelli

5. Asymmetric Federalism and the Political Economy of Decentralization
Roger D. Congleton

6. Functional, Overlapping and Competing Jurisdictions (FOCJ): A Complement and Alternative to Today’s Federalism
Reiner Eichenberger and Bruno S. Frey

7. Contract Federalism
Paul Bernd Spahn

PART II: DECENTRALIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT
8. Decentralization and Development
Pranab Bardhan

9. Fiscal Federalism in Planned Economies
Govinda Rao

10. Decentralization and Service Delivery
Junaid Ahmad, Shantayanan Devarajan, Stuti Khemani and Shekhar Shah

PART III: IMPLEMENTING MULTILEVEL FISCAL SYSTEMS
11. The Assignment of Functions to Decentralized Government: From Theory to Practice
Bernard Dafflon

12. Normative Versus Positive Theories of Revenue Assignments in Federations
Maria Flavia Ambrosiano and Massimo Bordignon

13. Tax Competition in a Federal Setting
John D. Wilson

14. Intergovernmental Redistributive Transfers: Efficiency and Equity
Robin Boadway

15. On the Implementation of Transfers to Subnational Governments
Ehtisham Ahmad and Bob Searle

16. Subnational Public Financial Management: Institutions and Macroeconomic Considerations
Ehtisham Ahmad, Maria Albino-War and Raju Singh

PART IV: EMERGING ISSUES
17. The Assignment of Revenue from Natural Resources
Giorgio Brosio

18. Decentralization and the Environment
Silvana Dalmazzone

19. Corruption and Decentralized Public Governance
Anwar Shah

20. Fiscal Federalism and National Unity
Richard M. Bird and Robert D. Ebel

21. Institutions of Federalism and Decentralized Government
Brian Galligan

Index