fiscal decentralization; public sector transition; intergovernmental relations; property tax; local autonomy; devolution; unfunded mandates
The results of a survey of local government officials from the Slovak and Czech Republics taken in December of 2005 are presented and analyzed. Attitudes about and perspectives of intergovernmental fiscal relations in the two republics are probed. Differences and similarities in Czech and Slovak views are established regarding some of the perceptions of: local autonomy and the sufficiency of available funds; whether or not public services are supplied by the appropriate levels of government; the potential benefits of adopting a serious rather than a nominal property tax; and the flexibility of local budget planning in Czech and Slovak cities and towns.
(c) 2009 University of Glasgow This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Europe-Asia Studies � 2009 University of Glasgow; Europe-Asia Studies is available online at: www.tandfonline.com