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date: 16 December 2019

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For the last quarter century or so, decentralization has been virtually unassailable. Almost everyone has been in favor of it, from the centralized French to the already decentralized Germans; from the majoritarian British to the consensual Danes and Dutch, and so on. The aim of this article is to probe and problematize the concept of “decentralization.” More specifically, it takes note of the long history of decentralization; explores the concept, and identify its various meanings; considers the (often unspoken) alternative—”centralization”; and reviews (necessarily superficially) some of the evidence concerning the practice of decentralization.

Keywords: decentralization, centralization, majoritarian British, problematization, decentralization history, decentralization practices

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