Decentralizing Development: The Political Economy of Institutional Change in Columbia and Chile / Edition 1

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Does decentralization work in practice? Does it strengthen local level democracy and economic development? This book examines these questions by analyzing the experience of seven medium sized cities in Colombia and Chile. The authors draw on extensive fieldwork involving numerous interviews with actors at all levels and from all sectors. The result is a unique test, at the local level in Latin America, of the outcome of reforms to the institutional structure of government.
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St Antony's College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

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1 The Political Economy of Institutional Change in Colombia and Chile 1
2 Colombia: Political Renewal and Decentralization in a Weak State 17
3 Decentralization in Four Colombian Cities 45
4 Chile: Decentralization with a Strong State and Weak Regions 79
5 Municipal and Regional Government in Chile: the Persistence of the Centre 105
6 The Stimulus to Economic Development 131
7 Central Government Reform or Local Autonomy? The Case of Education 161
8 Decentralization, Participation and the Poor 190
9 Conclusions 216
References 225
Index 233
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