ISSN: 2173-8254

Special Issue. Balance of Decentralization in Ibero-America after after four decades

Special Issue. Balance of Decentralization in Ibero-America after after four decades

The Revista Iberoamericana de Gobierno Local (RIGL), established in 2011, is edited by the Centro Iberoamericano de Gobernabilidad, Administración y Políticas Públicas Locales, within the scope of the research conducted by the Instituto de Investigación Urbana y Territorial of the Unión Iberoamericana de Municipalistas (UIM).

The journal is published biannually and features original works on Local Government and Public Administration, with special attention to those of interest for understanding the processes of decentralization and Ibero-American local institutions. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach, particularly encompassing the social sciences that contribute to the comprehension of the journal's focus: Law, Public Administration Science, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics.
 

ISSN: 2173-8254

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Balance of Decentralization in Ibero-America after after four decades

The present special issue of the Iberoamerican Journal of Local Government is dedicated to illuminating the balance of successes and failures over four decades of decentralization in Iberoamerica and is made possible by financing by the Andalusian Agency of Cooperation in Development, which sought to invest in the work of a team of over twenty specialists from different countries for the study of the decentralization processes in their respective territories. 

The truth is, without a doubt, that many successes can be noted since the beginning of the decentralization process.

The first point to note is the effective increase in local political power (in 1980 only one country in the region voted to select its local and regional representatives) and that the associative movement for inclusion of municipal affairs in the public agenda has been strengthened. 

The expansion of local responsibilities must also be highlighted. Before the process began, virtually all localities focused their efforts on urban maintenance services, i.e., the maintenance of waterways, sewage systems, pavement, health standards, street lighting, vehicular transit, waste management, park and cemetery upkeep, and the outfitting of community markets. Later on, social services were added, such as health, education, and community involvement, and, most recently, environmental care, promotion of economic development, and citizen security. All of these areas are now included under the umbrella …


Proyecto financiado por la Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo