Is it usually actual that decentralization reforms positioned extra energy within the palms of governors and mayors? In postdevelopmental Latin the United States, the spectacular resolution to this question isn't any. in truth, a number of results are attainable, based mostly on who initiates the reforms, how they're initiated, and in what order they're brought. Tulia G. Falleti attracts on broad fieldwork, in-depth interviews, archival documents, and quantitative info to give an explanation for the trajectories of decentralization approaches and their markedly varied results in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In her research, she develops a sequential idea and process which are profitable in explaining this counterintuitive outcome. Her examine contributes to the literature on direction dependence and institutional evolution and may be of curiosity to students of decentralization, federalism, subnational politics, intergovernmental kin, and Latin American politics.

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