The three-year GDN Global Research Project (GRP), Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery, explores the role of formal and informal institutions, at both country and sector level, in the effectiveness (or lack) of public service delivery in the areas of basic education, water supply and transport infrastructure (roads).
Sixteen multidisciplinary research teams covering 30 countries analyze the effects of governance mechanisms on service delivery through a political economy lens. These teams study the effects of decentralization, citizen participation and participatory budgeting on the quality, costs and availability of education, water and roads in selected countries through a comparative perspective. The use of both quantitative and qualitative data and mixed methods aim to capitalize on the ‘Varieties of Governance’ in each particular context.
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