Leadership and Innovation in Subnational Government: Case Studies from Latin America

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Leadership and Innovation in Subnational Government takes stock of promising innovations that began to appear in local government across the region of Latin America and the Caribbean during the 1990s. The purpose of this work - in contrast to many reports which document best practice - is to deepen our understanding of the genesis and evolution of change as local leaders cope with the challenges of governing in decentralized democracies.

One of the most striking features exhibited by the cases in this volume is that local authorities have been change makers often without help from outside, either from national or international agencies. The authors, Tim Campbell and Harald Fuhr, call these local enterprising risk takers an 'engine of change.' Twenty specific cases of innovation have been documented in the study covering the core business areas of cities finance, popular participation, service delivery, privatization, and personnel management. The book aims to show, in policy and practice, how to sustain this engine of change.

One of the central messages of this work is that by supporting key steps in the process of innovation, donors can enjoy cost-effective impacts and help to achieve the next stages of reform in the region. But to do so, donors must focus on management and learning at the local level, building on the foundations of broad participation in public choice and working more actively to help local actors learn from each other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821357071
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: WBI Development Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction and preview 3
2 Context of change : decentralization and state reform in Latin America 11
3 Research questions : inventing decentralized government 21
4 Selection of cases and methods 53
5 Fiscal management and local resource mobilization 67
5.1 The politics of participation in Tijuana, Mexico : inventing a new style of governance 69
5.2 Tax management in the municipalities of Valledupar and Manizales, Colombia 99
6 Administrative performance and management 123
6.1 Modernizing a provincial public sector : an experiment in Mendoza, Argentina 125
6.2 Changing the managerial mindset : the FONDEVE in Conchali, Chile 151
7 Participation in local and regional decisionmaking 175
7.1 Participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil 177
7.2 Improving basic infrastructure in Mendoza, Argentina : MENPROSIF 213
8 Public service provision 233
8.1 Innovative urban transport in Curitiba, Brazil 235
8.2 Partnering for services in Santa Cruz, Bolivia 259
9 Public-private collaboration 295
9.1 Partnering in Cali, Colombia, for planning and management 297
9.2 Privatizing ports and mines in Venezuelan states 313
9.3 Municipalities, banks, and the poor in shelter and infrastructure of Nicaraguan cities 353
10 Challenge for donors - sustaining the engine of reform 393
10.1 Promoting democracy through decentralization and strengthening local governance : USAID's approach and experience 395
10.2 Policy choices and institutional dynamics of decentralization : operational implications for technical cooperation 415
11 Conclusions and policy lessons 433
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