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Effect of fiscal decentralization and revenue allocation on local government performance: The Nigerian experience

Yuguda, Madu Abdulrazak and Usman, Abbo and Yusof, Rohana (2014) Effect of fiscal decentralization and revenue allocation on local government performance: The Nigerian experience. Journal of Governance and Development, 10 (2). pp. 55-68. ISSN 2289-4756

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In federalism, fiscal decentralization becomes an important precondition upon which the practice of good governance revolves, because it is anchored on efficient resource mobilization and utilization to ensure widespread participation and adequate representation.To facilitate good governance, the Nigerian state is politically structured into three governmental tiers: the federal, the state and the local government. However, evaluation of the performance of Nigerian local governments in terms of social service delivery depicts a massive failure.This paper therefore seeks to examine whether there is a nexus between local government failure and the nature of fiscal decentralization and revenue allocation in Nigeria.The paper present key issues, trend and challenges in the operation of fiscal decentralization in Nigeria. For instance, all decisions on revenue generation are controlled by the center and the vertical revenue allocation is structurally inclined toward the federal government, which negates the tenets of federalism and hence; grossly affects the capability of both the state and the local government to exercise financial autonomy.In conclusion, the paper offers some important suggestions which can galvanize the fiscal capacity of the local government, thereby transforming them into viable machineries of social service delivery at the grassroots.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: federalism, fiscal decentralization, revenue allocation, local government performance, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Rohana Yusof
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2015 03:30
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2015 03:30

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