Is it always true that decentralization reforms put more power in the hands of governors and mayors? In postdevelopmental Latin America, the surprising answer to this question is no. In fact, a variety of outcomes are possible, depending largely on who initiates the reforms, how they are initiated, and in what order they are introduced. Tulia G. Falleti draws on extensive fieldwork, in-depth interviews, archival records, and quantitative data to explain the trajectories of decentralization processes and their markedly different outcomes in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In her analysis, she develops a sequential theory and method that are successful in explaining this counterintuitive result. Her research contributes to the literature on path dependence and institutional evolution and will be of interest to scholars of decentralization, federalism, subnational politics, intergovernmental relations, and Latin American politics. Buy it here.

Publication Details

Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America
Falleti, Tulia
University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
April 2010
Falleti, Tulia, Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press, April 2010).