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China and Global Development Seminar Series

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Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy

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Institute for China and Global Development

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jointly present

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Dilemmas of Decentralization in Developing Countries


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by Professor Pranab Bardhan

Professor of Economics

at University of California, Berkeley

 

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April 16, 2012 (Monday)

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

 

Room 910, KKL Building

The University of Hong Kong

Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

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To view Prof. Bardhan's presentation slides, please click here.

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Remarks:  Non-HKU staff/students who are interested in attending this seminar, please register with Ms. Anna Yip by sending your full name, affiliation and contact details to info@hiebs.hku.hk.  For enquiries, please call 2547 8472. 

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Abstract

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After its many failures the centralized state has lost a great deal of legitimacy and many social scientists and policy makers now put more faith in decentralized development. In public economics there is a large literature on fiscal federalism, but it does not usually deal with some of the political-economy and institutional factors that arise in the specific context of developing countries. These latter factors give rise to some governance dilemmas involving different kinds of trade-offs and antinomies that lend some ambiguity and complexity to the outcome of decentralization, which is the focus of this lecture. The empirical (and theoretical) literature from several developing countries (including China and India) will be drawn upon.

 

About the Speaker  

Prof. Pranab Bardhan has been at Berkeley for many years, since his teaching appointments at MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and the Delhi School of Economics. He was the chief editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011. He is the author of 12 books and more than 120 journal articles, and the editor of 12 other books. He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. His current research involves theoretical and empirical work on decentralized governance, and the political economy of development in China and India.

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