Decentralization of Public Governance System: Content, Advantages and Disadvantages

Jūratė Baltušnikienė


The article analyzes the variety of definitions, types and sorts, used to characterize the decentralization, advantages and disadvantages of decentralization. Conceptions and classifications of types and sorts of decentralization by different authors are compared; similarities and differences of conceptions and classifications are identified. Advantages and disadvantages of decentralization are discussed based on the classic scheme for division of public governance competencies into three groups, i. e., allocation of public goods, redistribution of income and macroeconomic stabilization. A generalized list of advantages and disadvantages of decentralization is presented.


decentralization; deconcentration; delegation; devolution

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603