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Multi-Level Finance and the Euro Crisis - Causes and Effects (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Massimo Bordigno, Giorgio Brosio Multi-Level Finance and the Euro Crisis - Causes and Effects (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Massimo Bordigno, Giorgio Brosio
R2,666 Discovery Miles 26 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Representing a unique contribution to the analysis and discussion of the unfolding Eurozone crisis in terms of the relationship between central and local government, this book addresses a number of important fiscal and political economy questions. To what extent have local and regional governments contributed to the crisis? To what degree have sub-national services and investments borne the brunt of the adjustments? How have multi-level fissures affected tensions between different levels of government from the supranational to the local? This volume covers these and many other critical issues that have been largely ignored despite their relevance. The book first addresses general issues of fiscal coordination and management across levels of government in the context of incentives, which can be altered by the existence of a supranational tier. The country-specific chapters, prepared by leading experts, provide a thorough review of the key problems of multi-levels of government in the biggest economies in the Eurozone (France and Germany) and Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece). In further chapters the juxtaposition of Barcelona and Turin provides an opportunity to evaluate large investments in a multi-level context, associated, in this case, with the Olympics. Macedonia provides a discussion of the related issues in an EU accession country. As a whole, the book explores the long-term impact of the crisis on local service delivery and investment, and the consequences for sustainable growth and political cohesion. It also offers rarely found insights and suggestions to increase the stability and strength of multi-level European institutions. This is an enlightening resource for all those, from academics and graduates to policy makers and practitioners, seeking a comprehensive understanding of European fiscal, federal and financial issues.

Handbook of Multilevel Finance (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Handbook of Multilevel Finance (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R4,466 Discovery Miles 44 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This Handbook explores and explains new developments in the "second generation" theory of public finance, in which benevolent rulers and governments have been replaced by personally motivated politicians and the associated institutions. In other words, the normative approach has largely given way to a political economy approach which emphasizes the importance of institutional arrangements and information flows to ensure there are appropriate incentives and sanctions to generate good governance. Following a comprehensive introduction by the editors, the renowned contributors present fresh and original perspectives on the key multi-level issues, along with recent developments in theory and practice, as they relate to taxes, budget systems, the management of liabilities and macroeconomic stability. The book also explores special issues concerning the poor and marginalized, structural change and the environment, natural disasters, and the task of overcoming conflicts whilst keeping countries together. The Handbook is organized along three broad themes which elucidate: - the different interpretations and approaches to fiscal federalism - the design of policies and institutions that govern the working of multilevel systems - the emerging challenges to decentralized systems. The handbook seeks to provide an unparallelled review of the latest literature on the broad subject of fiscal federalism and the role of policies and institutions in creating sustainable outcomes. It will prove an indispensable guide to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers seeking informed policy options.

Effective Federalism and Local Finance (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Effective Federalism and Local Finance (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R11,837 Discovery Miles 118 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fiscal federalism has been the subject of much scholarly debate over the years. These volumes successfully bring together seminal articles from the past fifty years to demonstrate how the focus has evolved from `first generation' to `second generation' theories of intergovermental relations. The editors enhance the collection with detailed analyses of how competition affects relations between varying levels of government, and examine the hypotheses underlying the theory of fiscal federalism. This set of authoritative papers will be an indispensable reference source for scholars and practitioners in this field.

Fiscal Reforms in the Middle East - VAT in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Abdulrazak Al Faris Fiscal Reforms in the Middle East - VAT in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Abdulrazak Al Faris
R2,545 Discovery Miles 25 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful book focuses on the role of fiscal policy in common markets, especially in the context of the supranational constructs in the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It draws on the experience of the EU and the importance of VAT, and reflects on the other main common market in Central America. Although oil windfalls have opened a window of opportunity for the Gulf States, at the same time they have created numerous problems. In particular, the uncertainty associated with periods of boom and bust in the oil market has made the formulation and implementation of sound fiscal policies a formidable task. In this study, the distinguished authors present the background to current fiscal reforms and address the critical challenges facing the Gulf States including the choice between consumption and saving (or current needs and future requirements); intra-generational equity issues; the pro-cyclicality of fiscal policy; fiscal sustainability and the prudent management of revenues from finite oil reserves. They examine the case for VAT to substantially replace customs duties, a significant source of non-oil revenue which would be lost as a result of free trade agreements between the GCC and key trading partners. They also demonstrate how an agreed design for VAT would assist in furthering economic integration, and enhance trade and exports. If properly sequenced, VAT would have a negligible impact on both inflation and the poor, and would be progressive in relation to the customs duties replaced. This highly topical book will be of great interest to academics specializing in public sector economics and public finance, and to national and international policymakers involved in fiscal reform.

Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction? (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction? (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R2,858 Discovery Miles 28 580 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does decentralization enhance service delivery and poverty reduction? The expert contributors to this book address this fundamental question faced by policymakers and scholars in developing and advanced countries. The book illustrates that it is equally important for international agencies as well as bilateral donors to provide advice and assistance on decentralization that effectively supports poverty reduction. The volume builds on insights from the recent, political economy developments in the intergovernmental literature reviewed in the Handbook of Fiscal Federalism, and presents new empirical evidence on the effects of decentralization in different parts of the world. Policy-oriented papers evaluating the effectiveness of decentralized service delivery are presented. The role of institutions and the importance of sequencing of policies in ensuring effective outcomes are also considered. The volume presents some insightful empirical studies of the decentralization process from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. With a detailed empirical analysis of effective outcomes of public policies implemented at the sub-national level, and a focus on method, this book will be of great interest to academics specializing in public sector economics and public finance, and to national and international policymakers.

Handbook of Fiscal Federalism (Paperback): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Handbook of Fiscal Federalism (Paperback)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R1,233 Discovery Miles 12 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This major Handbook addresses fiscal relations between different levels of government under the general rubric of `fiscal federalism', providing a review of the latest literature as well as an invaluable guide for practitioners and policy makers seeking informed policy options. The contributors include leading lights in the field, many of whom have themselves made seminal contributions to the literature. Comprehensive and wide in coverage, the issues covered range from federal systems to other forms of intergovernmental relations, such as supra-national constructs - namely, the European Union - unitary states, regional systems, and more decentralized operations, including community level organizations. The political economy approach emphasizes the importance of institutional arrangements, including the legal, political and administrative aspects, and information flows to ensure that there are appropriate incentives and sanctions to generate good governance. This Handbook also devotes attention to emerging issues, such as environmental protection, the sharing of natural resources among levels of government, corruption and the impact of federalism and decentralization on national unity. It will be a vital reference tool for the area for many years to come.

Handbook of Fiscal Federalism (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Handbook of Fiscal Federalism (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R4,337 Discovery Miles 43 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This major Handbook addresses fiscal relations between different levels of government under the general rubric of `fiscal federalism', providing a review of the latest literature as well as an invaluable guide for practitioners and policy makers seeking informed policy options. The contributors include leading lights in the field, many of whom have themselves made seminal contributions to the literature. Comprehensive and wide in coverage, the issues covered range from federal systems to other forms of intergovernmental relations, such as supra-national constructs - namely, the European Union - unitary states, regional systems, and more decentralized operations, including community level organizations. The political economy approach emphasizes the importance of institutional arrangements, including the legal, political and administrative aspects, and information flows to ensure that there are appropriate incentives and sanctions to generate good governance. This Handbook also devotes attention to emerging issues, such as environmental protection, the sharing of natural resources among levels of government, corruption and the impact of federalism and decentralization on national unity. It will be a vital reference tool for the area for many years to come.

Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China - Rebalancing in Guangdong (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Ehtisham Ahmad,... Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China - Rebalancing in Guangdong (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Meili Niu, Kezhou Xiao
R2,728 R2,433 Discovery Miles 24 330 Save R295 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book collects high-quality papers on issues related to the rebalancing strategy in China, new clean cities as "hubs'', liability management, and involving the private sector, including through PPPs, with specific examples from Guangdong. Guangdong has been at the forefront of economic reforms in China since the advent of the Responsibility System in the late 1970s, and its successes and challenges reflect those of China as a whole. The need for rebalancing towards a more inclusive and sustainable path is also critical in Guangdong, just as it is in China. Strengthening the fiscal underpinnings and the next stages of tax reforms are critical drivers to accomplishing the requisite structural changes.

Financing Decentralized Expenditures - An International Comparison of Grants (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad Financing Decentralized Expenditures - An International Comparison of Grants (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad
R2,795 Discovery Miles 27 950 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Financing Decentralized Expenditures presents new original research papers on the structure of intergovernmental fiscal relations in virtually all types of countries and the design and implementation of transfer mechanisms between different levels of government. In developing, transition, and industrial countries alike, the process of decentralization of government expenditures has proceeded apace to provide better accountability and quality of services to consumers. At the same time, tax administration constraints dictate the central collection and assignment of the major sources of revenues - particularly income taxes and VAT. This generates an imbalance in favour of the central government. The manner in which this imbalance in redistributed affects the degree and nature of decentralization generating considerable debate in countries as diverse as Italy and Denmark, those in North America, as well as countries in transition, such as China and Russia. The book includes a balance of overview pieces that explore the general issues supplemented by a large number of studies of intergovernmental transfer systems in specific countries. It offers a unique source of reference by providing a wealth of information of grant systems around the world.

The Theory and Practice of Tax Reform in Developing Countries (Paperback, New): Ehtisham Ahmad, Nicholas Stern The Theory and Practice of Tax Reform in Developing Countries (Paperback, New)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Nicholas Stern
R865 Discovery Miles 8 650 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This 1991 study approaches the subject of tax reform from basic economic principles. The objectives are to develop guidelines for the design of tax policy; to show how the principles can structure systematic research into tax reform in terms of the consequences for households, producers and government; and finally, to combine the guidelines and applied research into a practical tax package for Pakistan. Professors Ahmad and Stern provide a coherent framework to show how principles can be formulated, applied research structured, and policies developed and appraised in a systematic manner. This book will be useful to graduate students, academic economists, and professional economists in international organisations and governments interested in public policy and development planning. The careful application of the ideas presented here should lead to a real improvement in the development of policy and to further empirical and theoretical research.

The Theory and Practice of Tax Reform in Developing Countries (Hardcover, New): Ehtisham Ahmad, Nicholas Stern The Theory and Practice of Tax Reform in Developing Countries (Hardcover, New)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Nicholas Stern
R1,858 Discovery Miles 18 580 Special order

This 1991 study approaches the subject of tax reform from basic economic principles. The objectives are to develop guidelines for the design of tax policy; to show how the principles can structure systematic research into tax reform in terms of the consequences for households, producers and government; and finally, to combine the guidelines and applied research into a practical tax package for Pakistan. Professors Ahmad and Stern provide a coherent framework to show how principles can be formulated, applied research structured, and policies developed and appraised in a systematic manner. This book will be useful to graduate students, academic economists, and professional economists in international organisations and governments interested in public policy and development planning. The careful application of the ideas presented here should lead to a real improvement in the development of policy and to further empirical and theoretical research.

Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China - Rebalancing in Guangdong (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the... Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China - Rebalancing in Guangdong (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Meili Niu, Kezhou Xiao
R2,647 R2,508 Discovery Miles 25 080 Save R139 (5%) Special order

This book collects high-quality papers on issues related to the rebalancing strategy in China, new clean cities as "hubs'', liability management, and involving the private sector, including through PPPs, with specific examples from Guangdong. Guangdong has been at the forefront of economic reforms in China since the advent of the Responsibility System in the late 1970s, and its successes and challenges reflect those of China as a whole. The need for rebalancing towards a more inclusive and sustainable path is also critical in Guangdong, just as it is in China. Strengthening the fiscal underpinnings and the next stages of tax reforms are critical drivers to accomplishing the requisite structural changes.

Ahmad, E. Qiang, G. Tanzi, V. Eds Reforming China'S Public Fina  Papers Presented at a Symposium Held in Shanghai, China,... Ahmad, E. Qiang, G. Tanzi, V. Eds Reforming China'S Public Fina Papers Presented at a Symposium Held in Shanghai, China, October 25-28, 1993 (Paperback)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Gao Qiang, Vito Tanzi; Edited by Vito Tanzi
R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Special order
Managing Fiscal Decentralization (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Ehtisham Ahmad, Vito Tanzi Managing Fiscal Decentralization (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Vito Tanzi
R3,121 Discovery Miles 31 210 Special order


The growth of interest in fiscal decentralization has meant that there has been something of a rush to enshrine this in policy - The World Bank has reported that about 70 countries see this as a major part of their development strategy. This book critically examines the case for decentralization.
This collection of contributions comes from a worldwide team of experts, including Albert Breton, Piero Giarda and Anwar Shah. After analyzing fiscal decentralization in general, the book goes on to look at intriguing case studies of various regions around the world including:
* The European Union
* Hungary and Slovakia
* Russia and China
* Asia and Africa

eBook available with sample pages: 0203219996

Social Security in Developing Countries (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Jean Dreze, John Hills, Amartya K. Sen Social Security in Developing Countries (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Jean Dreze, John Hills, Amartya K. Sen
R2,721 Discovery Miles 27 210 Special order

The term "social security" has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries -- whose populations live in great insecurity -- and is best understood as poverty alleviation. This book attempts to define social security in the Third World and to examine what sort of programs are most suitable for developing countries. The authors review current literature on the subject. Some chapters explore broad themes, others contain case studies describing social security provisions in various regions of Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa. This illuminating study will be of interst to development economists as well as those working in international organizations concerned with policy-making in the Third World and management of resources.

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