Decentralisation; The Question of Management Capacity: A Response to Recent Commentaries

Document Type: Correspondence

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Health Systems Section, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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Whilst decentralisation as an instrument of healthcare reform remains popular, commentaries1-5 to our paper titled “Decentralisation of health services in Fiji: A decision space analysis”6 highlight the complexity in understanding decentralisation, with the significant body of research on decentralisation lacking consensus on its definition,7 differing on what constitutes decentralisation,7-11 emphasising different theoretical underpinnings and frameworks,7,12-14 and reporting varying applications and outcomes of decentralisation... (Read more...)

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