Fiscal Decentralisation and Provision of Local Public Services in Selected EU Countries

  • Martina Halásková VSB-Technical University of Ostrava
  • Renata Halaskova Department of Public Economics, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Sokolská třída 33, 701 21 Ostrava
Keywords: fiscal decentralisation, local government expenditure, local public services, provision, selected EU countries


Fiscal decentralisation aims to provide own financial resources or transfers from the central government for an efficient use of the original competences by local governments. This paper deals with the role of fiscal decentralisation and its impact on local public services. Rational indicators of revenue and expenditure fiscal decentralisation and selected local government expenditure are compared by public services, including the extent of decentralisation in selected EU countries. Modelling and comparison of selected EU countries is carried out through the method of multidimensional scaling according to the similarity of local government expenditure on services of social protection, healthcare, education, and recreation and culture (as % GDP) in years 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Author Biography

Renata Halaskova, Department of Public Economics, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Sokolská třída 33, 701 21 Ostrava
Assistant Professor


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