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Mehmet Tosun () and Serdar Yilmaz ()
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Serdar Yilmaz: Social Development Department, World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20433, USA

Middle East Development Journal (MEDJ), 2010, vol. 02, issue 01, 1-14

Abstract: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has one of the most centralized government structures in the world. In this paper, we examine the causes of decentralization in the region by conducting a cross-country regression analysis. We use panel data for a set of MENA countries to understand the factors behind heavy centralization. Our findings show that external conflicts constitute a major roadblock to decentralization in the region.

Keywords: Fiscal decentralization; centralization; external conflict; Middle East and North Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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DOI: 10.1142/S1793812010000150

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