Public governance

Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of Government

In series:OECD Fiscal Federalism Studiesview more titles

Published on February 23, 2012

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As financial markets put more and more pressure on governments to reduce their deficits and debts, sub-central  levels of government are a key player in the implementation of national strategies. The room for manoeuvre to implement consolidations strategies coordinated across levels of government highly depends on the institutional structure of intergovernmental relations, and the effectiveness of their multi-level governance structure. This was already the case for recovery strategies, in the beginning of the crisis. This report provides an overview of the institutional and financial relations across levels of government  that enables policymakers evaluate their position and identify good practices for mobilizing sub-central governments for national growth, equity and stability objectives. This report is divided into two parts: the first part is analytical and the second part provides institutional and quantitative country information and comparisons.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Managing institutional and financial relations across levels of government in times of economic and financial turmoil2 chapters available
A sub-central government perspective on fiscal policy in a tight fiscal environment
The political economy of fiscal decentralisation
Institutional and financial relations across levels of government: information on countries2 chapters available
Financial resources, expenditures and debt of sub-central governments
Country notes
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