State Capacity



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Class activity: What should be decentralized?

In groups of 3-4, consider the following:

It might be wrong to think about the value of centralization and decentralization in general. Maybe some state functions would be better left to the national government. Other functions might be more useful if decentralized to local governments.

Look at the following state functions and discuss with your group: who should be in charge of each of these? And why?

  • Public education
  • Building of highways, roads
  • Maintenance of highways, roads
  • Electrification
  • Garbage collection
  • Transport (buses, trams, etc.)
  • Street cleaning
  • Water distribution