Governing and Financing Cities in the Developing World

Friday, 17 June 2016
Roy W. Bahl and Johannes F. Linn
Governing and Financing Cities in the Developing World


Policy Focus Report Series

The Policy Focus Report series is published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to address timely public policy issues relating to land use, land markets, and property taxation. Each report is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by combining research findings,
case studies, and contributions from scholars in a variety of academic disciplines, and from professional practitioners, local officials, and citizens in diverse communities.

About This Report

Metropolitan cities are engines of growth and modernization in developing countries. They present special opportunities and many challenges. Among the biggest challenge is how to govern these rapidly growing urban agglomerations and how to finance the investments and operating costs needed to meet the needs of people and of businesses in metro cities. Drawing both on theory and worldwide practice, this report explores alternative metropolitan governance and management approaches and assesses various financing tools, including locally raised taxes and user charges. It also explores external financing, such as transfers from higher-level government, borrowing, private-public partnerships, and international assistance.

This report draws substantially on the book Financing Metropolitan Governments in Developing Countries (2013) edited by Roy W. Bahl, Johannes F. Linn, and Deborah L. Wetzel, and on the contributions by the various chapter authors.

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  • Author
    Roy W. Bahl and Johannes F. Linn
  • Version
  • Created
    Monday, 17 June 2013
  • Themes
    • Urban-Government