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The Influence of Decentralization and Power Sharing on Service Delivery in Fragile States: A Case Study of Iraq

Lange, Silvan Nesat (2018) The Influence of Decentralization and Power Sharing on Service Delivery in Fragile States: A Case Study of Iraq.

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Abstract:This study applies a process tracing approach in order to examine service delivery in the fragile context of Iraq since 2003, thereby taking into account the country’s institutional arrangements. For this purpose, it describes and applies theories of decentralization and of power sharing as well as their effects on service delivery to the Iraqi case. The thesis assesses the progress that has been made in decentralizing the Iraqi political institutions, the different forms of formal and informal power sharing arrangements, and the current status of service delivery with a specific focus on the water sector. It concludes that decentralization has only taken place to a limited extent, thus not allowing for possible positive impacts on service delivery to come into effect. Moreover, the different power sharing mechanisms make sectarian political parties disproportionately powerful. This provides the context for a flawed institutional framework for service delivery since party elites are able to maintain power both on the national and on subnational levels by controlling the state institutions and resources. This thesis proposes further research on the design of institutions and their capture by political elites in fragile environments.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75779
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