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Some Critical Issues in Government Centralization and Decentralization

David O. Porter and Eugene A. Olsen
Public Administration Review
Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1976), pp. 72-84
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/974743
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/974743
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The study examines the critical issues involved in government centralization and decentralization. The analysis is based upon the premise that values, tasks, and organizational structure should be interrelated in an effective organization. Therefore, decisions affecting centralization or decentralization should be based upon and made only after a thorough study of the economic, political, and administrative characteristics unique to the organization in question. The administrator who is considering centralization or decentralization of a function should be completely familiar with all of its characteristics and select the course which will optimize resource allocation and performance, and offer the highest degree of flexibility to permit adjustments in values and functions.

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