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Decentralization in Iraq: Another perspective

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Despite officially adopting a-symmetrical federalism since 2005, Iraq’s state structure has remained high centralized. In light of the emerging consensus that decentralization is imperative for the country’s long-term development and meeting the needs of its citizens, the study critically analyses its record of reforms.

It identifies two generations of reforms and pinpoints the underlying legal-institutional, economic, ideational and power dynamics that have hindered the implementation of reforms thus far.