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30 years of decentralisation in Latin America

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Jorge Rodriguez Bilbao13 December 2013


In this short segment Tulia Falleti, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains why the sequence of reforms in decentralisation processes is so important. From her experience in Latin America, countries that started with political decentralisation ended up with more autonomous municipalities than countries who started with administrative reforms. The sequencing of reforms is decided through a political process in which the types of territorial or political coalitions that are at the beginning of the process are very determinant. They will decide on how to sequence the reforms and thus also, mostly, on the end result of the decentralisation process.

Recorded on 13 June 2013 in Quito, Ecuador.


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Video transcript: "30 years of decentralisation in Latin America" (27,5 KB)

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Session 1.2. Looking back three decades of decentralisation in Latin America (134 KB)

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A sequential Theory of Decentralisation: Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective (191 KB)

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Session 2.1.1 The political economy of decentralisation process (627 KB)

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