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Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game

  • Published: February 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 136 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

This book describes and examines reforms of fiscal federalism and local government in 10 OECD countries implemented over the past decade. . It identifies the political and economic factors that influence the design, adoption and implementation of changes to intergovernmental fiscal relations. The study is based on the analysis of reform episodes adopted in ten countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland) between 2001 and 2009.

A common approach is applied to analysing individual reform cases. Little analysis has been done so far on the political economy of fiscal federalism and local government, both inside and outside the OECD. Identifying the elements that helped overcome past reform barriers will hence provide guidance to policy makers for the design of future reforms that are both effective and politically palatable.

The country chapters identify common patterns and factors that are conducive to reforms of the intergovernmental fiscal framework, using a common methodological approach.

The summary chapter highlights the cross-cutting issues emerging from the country chapters and shows the key factors READ MORE >

Executive summary

Chapter 1. Reforming fiscal relations: Going beyond the zero-sum game
-Introduction
-The reform context
-Timing and scope
-Designing the reform process

Chapter 2. Australia: The Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 3. Austria: The reform of the fiscal equalisation law
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 4. Belgium: The Lambermont Agreement
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 5. Canada: The equalisation reform
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 6. Denmark: The Local Government Reform
-Summary
-Context of the reform-The reform process.
-The Reform Process
-Conclusions

Chapter 7. Finland: Restructuring local government and services
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 8. Italy: Law 42 on fiscal federalism
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions

Chapter 9. Portugal: The reform of the Local Finance Law
-Summary Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusion

Chapter 10. Spain: Reforming the funding of Autonomous Communities
-Summary
-Reform context and exogenous factors
-The reform process
-Dealing with stakeholders
-Conclusions

Chapter 11. Switzerland: The new fiscal equalisation and responsability assignment framework
-Summary
-Context of the reform
-The reform process
-Conclusions
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