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Where is local government going in Latin America? A comparative perspective
International Centre for Local Democracy (2011)
  • Robert Andrew Nickson, University of Birmingham
Abstract

In the light of the decentralisation process now under way in Latin America, this paper seeks to address the direction of local government in the region. It proposes two Weberian ideal types of local government systems – ‘managerial’ and ‘governmental’. Ten basic features of local government systems are then used as a template to ‘situate’ Latin American local government within this typology. On the basis of this comparative framework, the paper tentatively concludes that the ‘managerial’ type of local government is gaining ground in the region.

Keywords
  • Local government,
  • decentralisation,
  • citizen participation
Publication Date
January, 2011
Citation Information
Robert Andrew Nickson. "Where is local government going in Latin America? A comparative perspective" International Centre for Local Democracy Iss. Working Paper No. 6 (2011)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/andrew_nickson/18/