Decentralisationis on the policy agenda in many countries and has been so over some time also in Angola. Demand for more decentralisation of government derives from a combination of people wanting to get more involved in the process of government and dissatisfaction with the results of centralised economic planning. Decentralisation reforms hold many promises – including local level democratisation and improved service delivery for the poor. However, available evidence is inconclusive on the impacts of decentralisation with respect to citizens’ welfare, governance and democratisation. It is a matter of fact that effective implementation often lacks behind the political rhetorics. And the effective delivery of promises also depends on a range of preconditions and the country specific context.
It is important to emphasise that decentralisation reform is about much more than technical adjustments of the division of responsibilities between different levels of government. It is very much about power and politics in the individual country. In this presentation I discuss some general principles of fiscal decentralisation, international experiences, and challenges and prospects facing the reform process in Angola. Many of the examples build on my own research in various countries in East and Southern Africa.
Angola after dos Santos: Change and continuity
Vegard Bye, Paulo Inglês, Aslak Orre
Human rights in Angola
Inge Amundsen (CMI), Cesaltina Abreu and Catarina Gomes (LAB)
The non-oil tax reform in Angola: Escaping from petroleum dependency?
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Aslak Orre and Francisco Paulo
The Extractive Industries and Society
Long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic resource mobilisation in sub-Saharan Africa
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Anna Gopsill, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Ole Therkildsen
The colonial legacy of corruption among local elites in Africa
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz Shifa
Understanding the resource curse: A large-scale experiment on corruption in Tanzania
Alexander Cappelen, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Donald Mmari, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Bertil Tungodden
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization