Support by the Priority Programme ‘Institutional Design of Federal Systems: Theory and Empirical Evidence’ (SPP 1142) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is gratefully acknowledged. The author would also like to thank Thiess Buettner for helpful comments.
Public Sector Decentralisation: Measurement Concepts and Recent International Trends*
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2005
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 301–333, September 2005
How to Cite
Stegarescu, D. (2005), Public Sector Decentralisation: Measurement Concepts and Recent International Trends. Fiscal Studies, 26: 301–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-5890.2005.00014.x
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2005
This paper deals with the problems encountered in defining and measuring the degree of fiscal decentralisation. Drawing on a recent analytical framework of the OECD, different measures of tax autonomy and revenue decentralisation are presented which consider the tax-raising powers of sub-central governments. Taking account of changes in the assignment of decision-making competencies over the course of time, new time series of annual data on the degree of fiscal decentralisation are provided for 23 OECD countries over the period between 1965 and 2001. It is shown that common measures usually employed tend to overestimate the extent of fiscal decentralisation considerably. Evidence is also provided of increasing fiscal decentralisation in a majority of OECD countries during the last three decades.