Review on the article Ukraine Needs Decentralization to Develop Future Democratic Leaders by Tymofiy Mylovanov (University of Pittsburgh), Roger Myerson (University of Chicago, Nobel Prize laureate 2007), Gerard Roland (University of California Berkeley).
The article is reasonably good. There are no factual errors, except for the sequence of Maidan’s events (edited by editor). The issues of forming of political elite in Ukraine are expounded perfectly.
However, given the American experience of self-government realization the article seems to be still incomplete. In the USA, Canada the local taxes and fees play an extremely large role in local budgets. This tool of enhancing the responsibility of local officials as well as very close and fast voters’ reaction on unreasonably high rates or non-transparency of the draft of local budget funds unfortunately are not fully addressed here. At the same time an unified local party ideology that serves as a foundation for personnel preparation is formed exactly at the local level. The article speaks about the personnel development in executing agencies, although the same training is observed (where, at local authorities or local authorities relate to politicians?) for politicians that work as the deputies in local authorities.
It is somewhat naive to expect for a breakneck disappearance of local oligarchs as a result of the repressive actions of the law-enforcement agencies. However, decentralization of power will naturally reduce their interest in staying in local authorities, due to voters’ quick reaction following on taking publicly decisions.
One has well noticed the impact of decentralization on improving the quality of local policies through the comparability of different local authorities nearby. However, one should specify that such comparability is provided through the homogeneity of administrative-territorial units, which in turn is formed through the reform of the administrative-territorial system. Again such comparability gives the ability to learn from mistakes.
On the whole, this article deserves your attention.
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