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Lessons from Argentina

BOOKS

Fernández, Víctor Ramiro. Descentralización Estatal y Decisionismo Fiscal: Enfoque Crítico y Propuestas a Partir de la Experiencia Argentina, 1960-1990. Santa Fe: Centro de Publicaciones, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 2000. [Google Books]

About: "Este libro es el resultado de las actividades académicas y de investigación desarrolladas por el autor en el período 1995-1996 conjuntamente en el Departamento de Hacienda Pública y en el de Sociología de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, como parte de la tesis doctoral llevada a cabo en este último Departamento"

Torres Molina, Ramón. El Federalismo del Interior, 1810-1869. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Al Margen, 1998. [WorldCat]

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RESEARCH PAPERS

Eaton, Kent. "Political Obstacles to Decentralization: Evidence from Argentina and the Philippines," Development & Change 32 (2001). [Wiley]

Summary: This paper accounts for attempts by national politicians to thwart decentralization in two countries that recently adopted some of the most significant decentralizing changes in their respective regions: Argentina and the Philippines. Based on fieldwork in each country, it suggests that even after the political decision to decentralize has been made, national politicians may face deep-seated incentives to preserve centralized control over fiscal policy.

Murillo, Maria Victoria. "Recovering Political Dynamics: Teachers' Unions and the Decentralization of Education in Argentina and Mexico," Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 41 (1999). [Wiley] [Jstor]

Summary: This article compares union-government relations in Mexico and Argentina when education was decentralized in the early 1990s. The Mexican union accepted decentralization after obtaining concessions from the government that placated its opposition; but the Argentine teachers' unions militantly resisted the reforms, only to see government officials ignore their demands. These cases illustrate the significance of partisan identities, union fragmentation, and leadership competition in the interaction of public sector unions and government officials.

 Oszlak, Oscar. "Estado y Sociedad: Las Nuevas Reglas del Juego," Reforma y Democracia 9 (1997). [Universidad Argentina]

Summary: Presenta este volumen 2 una compilación de ponencias presentadas en las Primeras Jornadas Internacionales que llevan el título de la obra, realizadas durante 1996 donde "se trata de evaluar las consecuencias de las políticas de ajuste estructural sobre el diseño e implementación de las políticas sociales" que llevaron a la pérdida de espacio de cuestiones fundamentales de la educación en la agenda política. Algunos de los artículos fueron ponencias presentadas en las Primeras Jornadas Internacionales: "Estado y sociedad: las nuevas reglas del juego", realizadas del 5 al 7 de julio de 1996 en Buenos Aires.

 

Lessons from Bolivia

BOOKS

"Political Engineering in Bolivia: The Law for Popular Participation." In Audacious Reforms: Institutional Invention and Democracy in Latin America, edited by Merilee Serrill Grindle. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000 [Google Books]

About: The law for popular participation, enacted by the Bolivian legislature as Law 1551 and signed by the executive on April 20, 1994, promised that citizens of the country would henceforth enjoy a more effective form of representative democracy. The law established the municipality as the basic unit for local government throughout the country and authorized the direct election of mayors and municipal councils

 

República de Bolivia: Ministerio de Desarrollo Humano, Secretaría Nacional de Participación Popular. El Pulso de la Democracia: Participación Ciudadana y Descentralización en Bolivia. Caracas: Editorial Nueva Sociedad, 1997. [WorldCat]
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Toranzo Roca, Carlos F. Integración y Democracia, Descentralización y Reforma Constitucional. La Paz: Edobol, 1988 [WorldCat]
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RESEARCH PAPERS

Rowland, Allison M. "Population as Determinant of Local Outcomes Under Decentralization: Illustrations from Small Municipalities in Bolivia and Mexico," World Development 29 (2001). [Not available]

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Lessons from Brasil

BOOKS

Bresser Pereira, Luiz Carlos. Reforma del Estado Para la Ciudadanía: La Reforma Gerencial Brasilera en la Perspectiva Internacional. Buenos Aires: CLAD, EUDEBA, 1999.

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Kingstone, Peter R. and Timothy J. Power. Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000 [Google Books]

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RESEARCH PAPERS

Montero, Alfred P. "Decentralizing Democracy: Spain and Brazil in Comparative Perspective," Comparative Politics 33 (2001).

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Selcher, Wayne A. "The Politics of Decentralized Federalism, National Diversification, and Regionalism in Brazil." Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 40 (1998). [Wiley]

Summary: Federalism has increasingly shaped Brazilian politics in the 1990s. Because the military regime of 1964 to 1985 heavily centralized government in Brasilia, civilian political forces since 1985, in reaction, have expanded decentralization in the name of representation and participation. Institutional reforms, free-market ("neoliberal") policies, and privatizations since 1990 have moved the country away from the legacy of statist authoritarian rule.

Souza, Celina. "Redemocratization and Decentralization in Brazil: The Strength of the Member States," Development & Change 27 (2008): 529-555. [Wiley]

Summary: With redemocratization and the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution, Brazil became highly decentralized in terms of the distribution of financial revenue and political strength. As a result, sub-national governments, and especially the states, are now at the centre of the political and financial scene. In the absence of party-oriented politics, regional politicians, and particularly the state governors of the most important states, provide the federal government with ruling coalitions. The central question addressed in this article is what the state governments and their politicians are doing with this political and financial strength.

 

Stepan, Alfred. "Brazil’s Decentralized Federalism: Bringing Government Closer to the Citizens?" Daedalus 129 (2000). [Jstor]

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Lessons from Chile

BOOKS

 

Borja, Jordi.  Descentralización del Estado: Movimiento Social y Gestión Local. Santiago: ICI, FLACSO, CLASCO, 1987.

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Castañeda, Tarsicio. Combating Poverty: Innovative Social Reforms in Chile During the 1980s. San Francisco: ICS Press; Lanham, 1992.

About: This book summarizes and analyzes the remarkable reforms of social welfare programs that occurred in Chile during the 1980s. The reforms covered are in the areas of education, health and nutrition, housing, social security, and interrelations between the central and local governments.

Salazar, Gabriel and Jorge Benítez (compiladores). Autonomía, espacio y gestión: el municipio cercenado. Santiago de Chile: Universidad ARCIS, 1998 [Google Books]

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RESEARCH PAPERS

Abalos, José Antonio. "La Decentralización en Chile: Antecedentes Históricos y Reformas Actuales," Serie Azul 4 (1994).
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Pont-Lezica, Diana Mosovich. "Local politics and depolitisation in Chile," Bulletin of Latin American Research 16 (1997). [Science direct]

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Lessons from Colombia

BOOKS

Castro, Jaime. Descentralizar para pacificar. Jaime Castro. Primera edición. Santafé de Bogotá, D.C., Colombia: Editorial Ariel: Planeta Colombiana Editorial, 1998 [Redalyc]

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García Velandia, Cecilia and Martha and José Vicente Zamudio Castañeda. Bajo la Lupa: Descentralización en Bogotá, 1992-1996. Santa Fé de Bogotá: Cinep, 1997. [Worldcat]
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González, Fernán E. Consolidación del Estado Nacional. Bogotá: Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular, 1977. [Worldcat]
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Tirado Mejía, Alvaro. Descentralización y Centralismo en Colombia. Quito: Fundación Friedrich Naumann, 1983.
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Velazquez, F. La Decentralización en Colombia: Antecedentes, Desarrollo y Perspectivas. Cali: Programa de Gestión Urbana, 1994.

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Lessons from Ecuador

RESEARCH PAPER

Korovkin, Tanya. "Reinventing the Communal Tradition: Indigenous Peoples, Civil Society, and Democratization in Andean Ecuador," Latin American Research Review 36 (2001). [Jstor]

Summary: This paper explores the evolution of indigenous communal institutions in relation to local government and national politics by focusing on the canton of Otavalo in northern Ecuador. It is argued here that over the past thirty years, Andean communities in Ecuador have played an important role in the national processes of democratization and decentralization.

 

Lessons from Jamaica

BOOKS

Mills, G.E. and W. Witter. "Jamaica, Administrative Reform: An Overview," In Policy Reform for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean, edited by Michele Garrity and Louis A. Picard. Washington: International Institute of Administrative Sciences Monographs, 1996. [Worldcat]

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Lessons from Nicaragua

Conroy, Michael E. Nicaragua, profiles of the revolutionary public sector. Boulder : Westview Press, 1987
González Pérez, Miguel. Gobiernos pluriétnicos: la constitución de regiones autónomas en Nicaragua: estudio sobre el Estado nacional y el proceso de autonomía regional en la Costa Atlántica-Caribe. Miguel González Pérez. México, D.F.: Plaza y Valdés; [Nicaragua]: Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense, 1997
 

Lessons from Paraguay

Galarza J., Carlos Alberto. Descentralización en el Paraguay : gestión ambiental en gobiernos locales. Asunción, Paraguay : Centro Interdisciplinario de Derecho Social y Economía Política de la Universidad Católica "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción", 1999
 

Lessons from Peru

Caravedo Molinari, Baltazar. Descentralismo y democracia. 2a ed. Lima, Perú: Grupo de Estudios para el Desarrollo, GREDES, 1988.
Dammert, Manuel. La democracia territorial : hacia la refundación nacional descentralista. Peru: Tareas Asociación Gráfica Educativa, 2001.
Zas Friz Burga, Johnny. La descentralización ficticia : Perú, 1821-1998. Lima, Perú : Universidad del Pacífico, Centro de Investigación, 1998.
 

Lessons from Trinidad and Tobago

Ragoonath, B. "Trinidad, administrative and political decentralization." In Policy reform for sustainable development in the Caribbean. edited by Michele Garrity and Louis A. Picard. International Institute of Administrative Sciences monographs. Amsterdam ; Washington, DC : IOS Press, 1996
Samaroo, B. "Trinidad, public service reform." In Policy reform for sustainable development in the Caribbean. edited by Michele Garrity and Louis A. Picard. International Institute of Administrative Sciences monographs. Amsterdam ; Washington, DC : IOS Press, 1996
 

Lessons from Uruguay

Cabrera San Martin, L. La Decentralización en Montevideo: Reflexiones de los Protagonistas [Decentralization in Montevideo: the Actors' Perspectives]. Montevideo: Editorial Fin de Siglo. 1994.
 

Lessons from Venezuela

Brewer-Carías, Allan R.;... [et al.]. Leyes para la descentralización política de la federación: estudios. Caracas : Editorial Jurídica Venezolana, 1990.
Casanova, Eduardo. Caracas, dividir para gobernar. Caracas: Garbizu & Todtmann Editores, 1978.
Ellner, Steve. "Deepening of democracy in a crisis setting: Political reforms and the electoral process." Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs, Winter 1993/94, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p1, 42p.
León Villalba, Gustavo. Descentralización en Venezuela. Caracas : FIDES, 1996.
Navarro, Juan Carlo. "The social consequences of political reforms: decentralization and social policy in Venezuela." In Social development in Latin America : the politics of reform. Edited by Joseph S. Tulchin, Allison M. Garland. Woodrow Wilson Center current studies on Latin America. Boulder : L. Rienner, 2000.

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