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Future directions in development studies: The case of decentralization

Authors
Journal
World Development
0305-750X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0305-750x(86)90126-9

Abstract

Abstract The study of decentralization is used as a case study to illustrate three current conceptual and operational problems in development studies as a whole: the use of language; the relationship between theory and practice; and the legitimacy of “development” as a separate field of study. The conclusion is that future studies of decentralization — and possibly other dimensions of development studies — should include detailed empirical studies, adopt a “contingency” approach to policy evaluation and utilize “developmentalist” approaches in both the so-called developed and developing nations.

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