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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Decentralization

Marta Portocarrero

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 November 2020

Subject(s):
Administrative law — Procedural law — Central government — Decentralization — Delegation of power — Delegated powers — State sovereignty and states' rights — Political philosophy of federalism — Regional integration

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The term ‘decentralization’ is often used in political speeches and in constitutional and legal texts. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to find a definition of the word therein, and the concept is frequently applied to different realities. Quoting Xavier Philippe, ‘there is no official or single definition of “centralization” or “decentralization”. Rather than a single concept, these antonymic words describe a phenomenon and are used to identify the singularity or the diversity of sources of decision-making powers within a state’ (Philippe 464). 2 It can be...
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