Nationalstaatliche Regulation und Dezentralisierung : Local Government Reform in Ghana

National regulatory frames and decentralisation : the case of Ghana

  • Ghana’s local government system has been subject to various reform attempts which all involved some sort of decentralisation. This article tries to link decentralisation to changing national policy frames and the various governments’ need to maintain political control. Consequently, decentralisation becomes a dependent variable of the so called bureaucratic development state. After a brief discussion of the colonial and post-colonial local government system in Ghana, emphasis is placed on the crisis of the post colonial state and the emergence of a new local government system in 1988 - which was successfully transformed into the administrative system of Ghana’s 4th republic after 1992. Local participation has been substantially improved an sustained by the introduction of the District Assemblies Common Fund in 1993 which transfers 5% of the national tax income to the districts.

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Author details:Walter Thomi
Publication type:Postprint
Publication year:1999
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2006/12/21
Source:WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik und vergleichende Studien. - 25 (1999/2000). - S. 99 – 120
RVK - Regensburg classification:MA 8157
Organizational units:Extern / Extern
DDC classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Collection(s):Universität Potsdam / Zeitschriften / WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, ISSN 0944-8101 / Dezentralisierung und Entwicklung 25 (1999/2000)
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