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The Degree of Autonomy of the Romanian Local Public Expenditures

Maria Andronic ()

Acta Universitatis Danubius. OEconomica, 2016, issue 12(2), 146-160

Abstract: The process of local public spending optimization is extensively studied by those who have the power of decision towards saving. Even if the goal is to adjust the imbalance revenues/expenditures, the trend to spend more than accumulated is still a matter of concern. Our objective is that of analyzing the local governments’ functional expenditures by measuring the degree of decentralization/autonomy. The value of the paper is given by the model we applied for Romania which is based on spending management. By analyzing different types of expenses, we have highlighted that local expenditures represent instruments of strengthening or weakening local autonomy. The indicators measure the effectiveness of local expenditures by using the model published by The World Bank in 2006. We gathered information through interviewing different Town-Hall representatives from Brasov County and then we gave scores and established ranks. As the degree of autonomy reached a score of about 3 on a scale of 1-4, we identified that the class in which Romania is placed (B) is mostly defined in terms of delegated powers and not decentralized competences. The study is significant for politicians, for those responsible for implementing decentralization, but also for the taxpayers who deserve the best public services.

Keywords: decentralization; local public services; local performance; local budget. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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