Influence of Political Decentralization on Service Delivery of County Governments in Kenya

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume IV, Issue X, October 2020 | ISSN 2454–6186

 Influence of Political Decentralization on Service Delivery of County Governments in Kenya

Emmah Bosibori Manwari1, Willy Mwangi Muturi2
1,2Department of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Leadership and Management /Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 

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Abstract: Although the devolved system is based on the constitutional mandates and responsibilities, jitters still prevail due to the challenges of managing the tribal diversity in some counties, marginalization of minorities, handling of natural resources as well as discrimination in allocation of resources as results of political dilemma. The general objective of the study was to sought out the influence of political decentralization on the service delivery of the county governments in Kenya. The study was guided by the following Specific objectives; To determine the influence of legislative powers on the service delivery, To find out the influence of Political stability on the service delivery, To establish the influence of statutory reforms on the service delivery and to find out the influence of citizen Participation on the service delivery of the county governments in Kenya. The study adopted descriptive research design. The results showed that there is a statistically significant influence of legislative powers, Political stability, statutory reforms and citizen Participation on quality of service delivery in county governments in Kenya ensure the rights of public participation are observed to promote democratic processes and that guide on flexibility required to ensure change from the public contribution is felt

Keywords— decentralization, statutory reforms, political stability, citizen participation

I. INTRODUCTION

A. Background of the study

The proponents of political decentralization bringing citizens closer to government and allowing them to hold elected officials accountable are an important foundation of achieving a better local government and public services. At large when local or county government is brought closer to those receiving services, beneficiaries of these services would become active in demanding quality. However, since those responsible for quality of services are local governments, citizens will be more motivated to demand improvements if services decrease in quality [1]. All in all, the main reason for political decentralization is to ensure efficient and effective services delivery to the citizens