Centralization: Costs and Benefits


Adam E. Nir – Professor, The Seymour Fox School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Leadership in a Changing World; Organization, Business and Management
BISAC:POL029000; POL028000; EDU001000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/CVTN7391

The book brings an array of viewpoints coming from different contexts and disciplinary perspectives testifying to the benefit and drawbacks of centralized administration and control. Some of the chapters focus on particular national contexts attempting to assess the impact of centralized government in terms of benefits and limitations for national development and prosperity. Other chapters focus on the impact of centralization on specific issues such as crisis management, educational policy or public administration, discussing the extent to which centralized control may promote or undermine their effective management.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The DNA of National Centralized Control and Its Change Potential
Adam E. Nir

Chapter 2. Decentralization and Centralization in the Public Sector: Addressing the Dichotomy
Maxfield J. Peterson and B. Guy Peters

Chapter 3. Centralist Paths in Post-Ottoman Countries: Tracing the Divergent Outcomes
Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

Chapter 4. Complexities in Centralization in School Education: Evidence from High-Performing Nations
Brian J. Caldwell

Chapter 5. Centralization in Large-Scale Emergency Situations: Rarely Needed, Barely Achievable
Ira Helsloot and Jelle Groenendaal

Chapter 6. New Paths of Centralization in the 21st Century? The Case of the Portuguese Public Administration
Marta Portocarrero and Manuel Fontaine Campos

Chapter 7. How Centralized Organizations Involve Stakeholders in the Strategy Process
Daniel Mack and Gabriel Szulanski

Chapter 8. Organizational Imprinting Theory of Centralization: Toward a Historical Process Framework
Izhak Berkovich

Chapter 9. Centralization in the Hungarian Administrative System
Tamás Szigetvári

Chapter 10. From Capacity to Comprehension: Centralization, Information Processing, and Decision-Making in the Multiunit Firm
John Joseph

Chapter 11. The Dangers of Centralization: Lessons from Twenty Years of Liberal State-Building in Afghanistan
Mohammad Qadam Shah

Chapter 12. Centralization in Educational Governance in Taiwan
Fwu-Yuan Weng

Authors’ Biographical Notes



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