Professor Richard Bird, a longtime ITIC Advisor and Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, recently co-authored a book with Professor Roy Bahl, entitled, "Fiscal Decentralization and Local Finance in Developing Countries." [
"This book draws on experiences in developing countries to bridge the gap between the conventional textbook treatment of fiscal decentralization and the actual practice of subnational government finance. The extensive literature about the theory and practice is surveyed and longstanding problems and new questions are addressed. It focuses on the key choices that must be made in decentralizing, on how economic and political factors shape the choices that countries make, and on how, by paying more attention to the need for a more comprehensive approach and the critical connections between different components of decentralization reform, everyone involved might get more for their money."