Zentralisieren durch Dezentralisierung? : Die Reform der Kommunalfinanzen in Georgien

  • Under the influence of orientation towards European integration, Georgia has introduced a variety of new laws with the apparent aim to decentralize legislative and executive powers. This paper shows that the Georgian efforts of decentralization remain superficial, mainly because they are not backed by additional fiscal competences at the municipality level. Following an initial description of the pre-reform situation as of 2006 and based upon a detailed account of the structural changes since 2007, the author gives insight into the conflicts which arise from the lack of institutional congruency. Neither the extraordinary status of the capital Tbilisi nor the seeming autonomy of the Rebublic of Adjara are likely to sway the renegade territories of Abchasia and Ossetia towards a reintegration under Georgian centralized rule as it continues to exist today. Likewise, the success of the proposed and discussed fiscal equalization scheme depends on whether the President and his ruling party are willing to delegate powers to the subodinate juUnder the influence of orientation towards European integration, Georgia has introduced a variety of new laws with the apparent aim to decentralize legislative and executive powers. This paper shows that the Georgian efforts of decentralization remain superficial, mainly because they are not backed by additional fiscal competences at the municipality level. Following an initial description of the pre-reform situation as of 2006 and based upon a detailed account of the structural changes since 2007, the author gives insight into the conflicts which arise from the lack of institutional congruency. Neither the extraordinary status of the capital Tbilisi nor the seeming autonomy of the Rebublic of Adjara are likely to sway the renegade territories of Abchasia and Ossetia towards a reintegration under Georgian centralized rule as it continues to exist today. Likewise, the success of the proposed and discussed fiscal equalization scheme depends on whether the President and his ruling party are willing to delegate powers to the subodinate jurisdictions.show moreshow less

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Author:Jürgen Ehrke
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-18515
Series (Serial Number):Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge / Special series G, Arbeitspapiere des Deutsch-Georgischen Arbeitskreises für Finanz- und Sozialpolitik (G-03)
Document Type:Book
Language:German
Date of Publication (online):2008/05/16
Year of Completion:2007
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Contributing Corporation:Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Release Date:2008/05/16
Tag:decentralization; fiscal equalization; institutional reform; regional autonomy
Organizational units:Extern / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
JEL Classification:H Public Economics / H1 Structure and Scope of Government / H11 Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
H Public Economics / H2 Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue / H21 Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
H Public Economics / H4 Publicly Provided Goods / H41 Public Goods
H Public Economics / H5 National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / H50 General
H Public Economics / H7 State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / H71 State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
H Public Economics / H7 State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / H77 Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht