About the product
For more than a decade, decentralization has been a central theme in the debate on governance worldwide. This publication explores the accomplishments of decentralization in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It provides an account of legislative frameworks that were put in place for this purpose and draws comparisons with trends in Western Europe. It dwells on the problems of financial decentralization and safeguarding accountability in local administration. It examines the human factor in local governments, including human resources development and mobilization of civic participation. Ultimately,the publication displays a summary of the findings and recommendations of the working groups of the 1999 Conference 'Decentralization: Conditions for Success'.