Author

Elvin Yusifli

Defense Date

6-3-2013

Graduation Date

2013

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Lew Irwin

Committee Member

Kent Moors

Keywords

Azerbaijan, Public policy, Local government, Decentralization

Abstract

This study explores the role of two institutional impediments, namely a lack of power and resources, which slow the development of Azerbaijan's local self-government. In spite of the fact that the last two Azerbaijani governments have accepted the rationale for and have taken steps towards democratic decentralization, local self-government has remained a weak component of the country's political and administrative system. The study argues that limited municipal powers, combined with a scant and unsustainable revenue stream, are one of, if not the most important, barrier to the institutionalization of Azerbaijan's local self-government. The study employs a descriptive mixed methods case research method to analyze the current state of municipal powers and finances. The end of the paper briefly discusses the changing structure of incentives, which may compel the government to reexamine its previously passive approach towards the problems and suggests a number of areas from which improvements should begin.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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