Fiscal federalism network


  • Fiscal Decentralisation Database

    The OECD fiscal decentralisation database provides comparative information on indicators analysed by level of government sector, [Federal or Central (including Social Security), State/regions and Local] for OECD member countries between 1995 and 2011.

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  • Reforming Fiscal Federalism: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game

    This book describes and examines reforms of fiscal federalism and local government in 10 OECD countries implemented over the past decade.

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  • Measuring Fiscal Decentralisation: Concepts and Policies

    This new OECD book deals with the intricacies of measuring decentralization and possible consequences for policy reform. The book brings together a collection of constributions by major academics and policymakers which ask the same question: how should we measure the extent to which our countries are fiscally decentralized?

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The OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government provides analysis and statistical underpinnings on the relationship between central and subcentral government, and its impact on efficiency, equity and macroeconomic stability.

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Sub-central Tax Autonomy

an update of the indicators that measure the tax autonomy of sub-central governments in OECD countries. Over the last decade, tax autonomy at the state level increased, while it hardly changed at the local level. The OECD now has tax autonomy indicators for the years 1995, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.


Fiscal Federalism 2014

This new book provides an overview on recent trends and policies in intergovernmental fiscal relations and sub-central government. Accessible and easy-to read surveys provide insight into how sub-central governments are managing the on-going consolidation episode; how fiscal decentralisation fosters economic growth and educational attainment; provide a balanced account of the virtues and limits of tax competition between jurisdictions; provide an overview of fiscal equalisation policy ; and finally provide some fascinating background information about past tax and public service reforms.

Tax, decentralisation and intergovernmental relations

Author: Alan Carter, International Tax Dialogue

“A career in politics is no preparation for government”, said one of the characters in the 1970s British TV comedy series, Yes Minister. They had a point. After all, to newly elected politicians, government seems to be set up as a testing and complex route for taking (or stopping) decisions and implementing policy.