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After several years of decentralization, austerity policies in Europe seem to promote re-centralization and frustrate long-standing European policies aiming at developing social services (e.g. public childcare) in Southern Europe.

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Empirical evidence shows increased responsiveness, efficiency and resilience of municipalities offering important social services (e.g. public childcare). One size fits all austerity policies seem to promote re-centralization and frustrate long-standing European policies aiming at developing these social services in Southern Europe.

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Empirical evidence shows increased responsiveness, efficiency and resilience of municipalities offering important social services (e.g. public childcare). One size fits all austerity policies seem to promote re-centralization and frustrate long-standing European policies aiming at developing these social services in Southern Europe.

Professor Nikolaos Hlepas
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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This page is a summary of: Is it the twilight of decentralization? Testing the limits of functional reforms in the era of austerity, International Review of Administrative Sciences, July 2015, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0020852315581994.
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