Will an asymmetrical system of fiscal decentralisation resolve the conflicts in the republic of Georgia?

  • This paper discusses the problems regarding the decentralisation of a formerly communist country. In Georgia, the first steps towards decentralisation failed, since the transition process led to a power vacuum that escalated in bloody conflicts and secessionist movements. The status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is still unclear and the intra-state tensions remain unsolved. This may be one of the reasons why the most recent attempts of decentralisation are rather hesitant. It is far from clear whether decentralisation in response to regional tensions would increase instability or political stability. We identify the limited autonomy at the local and regional levels as a major obstacle and challenge for the further reform process.

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Author:Tanja Kirn, Elguja Khokrishvili
Series (Serial Number):Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge / Special series G, Arbeitspapiere des Deutsch-Georgischen Arbeitskreises für Finanz- und Sozialpolitik (G-09)
Document Type:Monograph/Edited Volume
Year of Completion:2008
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/06/06
Tag:decentralisation; fiscal equalization; institutional reform; regional autonomy
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
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 / H72 State and Local Budget and Expenditures
H Public Economics / H7 State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / H77 Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
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