Decentralisation and the politics of service delivery

Decentralisation and the politics of service delivery

Concentrating on locally driven state experimentation and reform, this research stream investigates decentralisation and the role of constituency development funds (CDFs) in PNG and Solomon Islands. The growth of CDFs and ongoing decentralisation processes lie at the heart of complex political economies in PNG and Solomon Islands, but also represent the efforts of local actors to recast the postcolonial Melanesian state. The extent to which these processes will result in more stable political orders and effective state structures is an open question central to our research inquiry: this is a longstanding challenge for Australia’s aid program in the region.

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