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Central-Local Relations in Asia-Pacific: Convergence or by Mark Turner

By Mark Turner

A resource of perennial rigidity in states is the measure to which decision-making strength and authority may be targeted in crucial associations and members. at the moment the normal knowledge of central-local family members has swung in desire of decentralization. there's a convergence in the direction of decentralized versions of governance. This ebook investigates no matter if such convergence is occurring via reading numerous international locations within the Asia-Pacific. the result of the survey demonstrate a posh photograph during which divergence continues to be glaring within the region's styles of central-local relations.

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This group acknowledges the dysfunctional consequences of overcentralization, but also queries aspects of the 'decentralization and participation' model, particularly its relegation of central government to the role of 'benevolent bystander' and preconceptions about the comparative advantage of NGOs in service delivery. Tendler ( 1997), the leading exponent of this new perspective, sees improvement in local governance resulting from a three-way dynamic among local government, civil society and central government.

Around 45 per cent of the population have no access to health services, and the 19 20 Bangladesh population per doctor is 12500, per nurse 20000 (UNDP 1996a:136-87). Despite improvements in immunization and fertility rates, infant mortality and morbidity rates are still unacceptably high. Some 66 per cent of underfives are underweight, and infant mortality runs at 106 per 1000. 8 million primary school age children attend no school, and only 19 per cent of secondary school age children are enrolled.

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