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Decentralization Lessons and Experiences from Latin America

18 de Novembro | 18:00

Auditório Silva Leal

@Iscte | Edf. Ala Autónoma

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Decentralization reforms have been adopted in Latin America since the mid-1980s. In response, countries across the region have experienced political, fiscal, and administrative decentralization. Much of the literature in the 90s and 2000s focuses on uncovering the political, fiscal, domestic, and international drivers of decentralization adoption. As countries’ experience with decentralization mounts up, scholars have switched their attention toward the effects of decentralization across different dimensions (e.g., political, fiscal, welfare delivery, policy implementation, citizen participation, local democracy, accountability, governmental capacity, party system, among others). In this presentation, Professor Claudia Avellaneda presents some of the lessons and experiences with decentralization in the Latin American region, highlighting that decentralization is a tool through which subnational governments (local and regional) carry out policy implementation.


Dr. Claudia N. Avellaneda is an associate professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indiana University. Her main research interests are decentralization, public policy, innovation, governance, and public management, with a regional focus on Latin America. She specializes in governance and public management in developing countries, with an emphasis on local governments. Specifically, Professor Avellaneda investigates determinants of government performance in Latin American municipalities by focusing on the role of the local chief executive — the mayor. In addition to doing qualitative analyses, Professor Avellaneda conducts personal interviews and experimental analyses with Latin American mayors. She explores the impact of mayors’ education, experience, networking, and political support on social service delivery, public finances, tax collection, and decision-making. She has extended

this line of research to Brazilian, Honduran, Colombian, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Peruvian, and Salvadorian municipalities.

Professor Avellaneda serves as editor of Local Government Studies. She is also the international editor for the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration and associate editor for The Journal of Policy Studies. She serves, or has served, on the editorial boards of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Public Administration, Urban Affairs Review, Global Public Policy and Governance, Fudan Public Administration Review, Public Service Review (Revista do Serviço Público), and the Brazilian Journal of Public Administration (RAP). She is an elected member of the 2017-21 Public Management Research Association Governing Board. She was selected as the 2019-20 President of the Midwest Public Administration Caucus.


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