Macroeconomic challenges of fiscal decentralization in Latin America in the aftermath of the global financial crisis

Abstract: This paper discusses how fiscal decentralization is affecting macro-economic management in the main Latin-American countries. Which fiscal reforms could help strengthen fiscal sustainability, minimize the risk of pro-cyclicality at all levels of government, and allow for countercyclical responses? Author(s): Ter-Minassian, Teresa; Jiménez, Juan Pablo Source(s): , Serie macroeconomía del desarrollo; 112 42 p., ill.,…

Social accountability sourcebook : [strengthening the demand side of governance and service delivery]

Abstract: This sourcebook provides an analytical framework, an overview of the main concepts and definitions, tools and methods, case studies from different regions (including Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean), sectoral and thematic applications, and knowledge and learning resources. Author(s): Forster, Reiner Source(s): , Published: 2011 World bank]. Social development department, [Washington, DC (English…

Political decentralization and the effectiveness of aid

Abstract: Analysis of data for three important development goals (increasing economic growth, lowering infant mortality, and overcoming poverty) in 81 countries (1990-2009) suggests that aid is not more effective in decentralized countries. Author(s): Baskaran, Thushyanthan; Bigsten, Arne; Hessami, Zohal Source(s): , 33 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2011 Göteborgs universitet], [Göteborg (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link:…

Where is local government going in Latin America? : a comparative perspective

Abstract: Ten basic features of local government systems are used as a template to situate Latin American local government within Weberian typology. The paper tentatively concludes that the ‘managerial’ type of local government is gaining ground over the ‘governmental’ type Author(s): Nickson, Andrew Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local democracy; 6…

Decentralization against parties? : the effects of decentralization on political parties in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru

Abstract: The alleged negative effect of decentralization reforms on national political parties was studied in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The effect was found to go both ways. Deeper causes, and not just institutions, are most relevant to the emergence or decline of political parties. Authors: Dargent, Eduardo (University of Texas at Austin) & Vegara, Alberto…

Local government finance : a building block to stronger societies

Abstract: The fiscal architecture is a key component in the framework of decentralization. While increasing fiscal decentralization, has been a global trend in recent decades, there are significant variations across and within regions and countries. Author(s): Forster, Richard Source(s): , United cities : connecting the world’s urban leaders; Issue 2 p. 74-75, ill., map, tab…

Spotlight on publications : participatory budgeting

Abstract: This short bibliography highlights some of the latest and most relevant publications on the topic in Latin America, including Country Case Studies, Multi-Country Surveys and Implementation Guides. Author(s): Source(s): , Spotlight on knowledge 3:00 PM Spotlight on knowledge Published: 2011 Evidence and lessons from Latin America (ELLA), [London] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://ella.practicalaction.org/sites/default/files/111129_GOV_BudPubPol_SPOTKNOW3_0.pdf

CIPEC : Center for the study of institutions, population and environmental change

Abstract: CIPEC studies processes of change in forest environments as mediated by institutional arrangements, demographic factors, and other major human driving forces. CIPEC activities include interdisciplinary training and research. Its focus is on the Western Hemisphere. Author(s): Indiana University Source(s): , Published: 2011 Indiana university, Bloomington, IN [etc.] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.indiana.edu/~cipec/

PAR : regional learning program : strengthening public policy and local governance for poverty reduction

Abstract: The PAR is a Latin American local governance knowledge management project aimed at sub-national governments and civic organizations to design and implement poverty alleviation policies and programs. It also supports regional learning and exchange mechanisms. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2011 Impact alliance, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.impactalliance.org/ev_en.php?ID=12540_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Decentralisation of rural water : moving towards a solution or out-sourcing the problem?

Abstract: This presentation gives an overview of field studies of decentralization as a key contextual issue in rural water supply in Latin America and Africa. The audio can be downloaded from http://www.watercentre.org/wash2011/resolveuid/d92b27937427be17590dc3c317e8b75d. Author(s): Lockwood, Harold Source(s): , 15 p., ill., graphs, maps Published: 2011 Triple-s, Water services that last, [The Hague] (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link:…