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VARIETIES OF GOVERNANCE: EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY
(2009-2013)
Basic Education, Water Supply and Transport Infrastructure (Roads)
 
Introduction

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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Objective
  • Contributing to the understanding of the interplay of political and sectoral institutions and incentives, formal and informal institutions, actors and information flows in determining the structure and operation of delivery systems;
  • Supporting the development of methodological approaches adequate to data availability and supplementing data collection where needed;
  • Analyzing the impact of differences in delivery systems and forms of governance within countries (i.e. different delivery systems and institutional set-ups across states or municipalities in a given country), across countries and over time (major institutional changes); and
  • Suggesting the best feasible institutional and policy options for improving public service delivery under different country and institutional contexts.
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Project in Focus

Indonesian project partner at PRSCO 2013

Indonesian project partner participated in PRSCO 2013 held on 2-4 July, Bandung. The partner shared insights from the research study which focused on the impact of decentralization and corruption on road infrastructure development in Indonesia. Know more. Read paper.