Measuring Localization

The localization of public services and development is a relatively new concept. In contrast to existing measures of decentralization—which only focus on measuring the activities and expenditures of elected local governments—the concept of the local public sector includes all public sector activities and expenditures at the local level.

Therefore, in order to gain insight into localization and the local public sector in different countries, LPSI developed a set of measures which allow us to analyze and compare the organization, functions, finances and institutions of the local public sector in different countries.

This methodology is detailed in the LPS Country Profile Handbook.