The Future of Fiscal Decentralization in Southeast Europe: What is on the Horizon?

  • Aleksandra Maksimovska-Veljanovski Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
  • Aleksandar Stojkov Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
Keywords: fiscal decentralization, local revenue, local expenditure, federalism, intergovernmental relations, Southeast Europe, Macedonia

Abstract

Although the current post-decentralization decade offers much more tranquility for practitioners of the fiscal decentralization, decentralization scholars should not fall asleep. Some of the awakening questions are: where is the decentralizing limit? What is the likelihood of fiscal decentralization reconstructing the intergovernmental relations in a way that leads to federalization of unitary countries in Southeast Europe? Even though we focus on the Macedonian experience, the main findings largely hold for the entire region. The study aims to provide new, interdisciplinary understanding of the implications and perspectives of decentralization, overcoming the limitations when adopting a purely legal, economic or political perspective.

Author Biographies

Aleksandra Maksimovska-Veljanovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
Associate Professor of Law
Aleksandar Stojkov, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
Assistant Professor of Economics
Published
2013-05-13
Section
Conference Paper