Decentralisation, Decision Space and Directions for Future Research; Comment on “Decentralisation of Health Services in Fiji: A Decision Space Analysis”

Document Type : Commentary


1 Kingston University, London, UK

2 Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


Decentralisation continues to re-appear in health system reform across the world. Evaluation of these reforms reveals how research on decentralisation continues to evolve. In this paper, we examine the theoretical foundations and empirical references which underpin current approaches to studying decentralisation in health systems.


Main Subjects

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Volume 5, Issue 10
October 2016
Pages 607-608
  • Receive Date: 19 April 2016
  • Revise Date: 27 May 2016
  • Accept Date: 07 June 2016
  • First Publish Date: 01 October 2016