Decentralized Development in Latin America

Experiences in Local Governance and Local Development

  • Paul Lindert
  • Otto Verkoren

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Christof Parnreiter, Karin Fischer, Karen Imhof
    Pages 49-67
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 189-217

About this book


The Latin American subcontinent appears to have reinvented itself in the 21st century. Its economy has been transformed under liberalization and globalisation. Decentralization and the democratic transition have modified the political environment, while local development approaches are replacing the (grand) national-regional development schemes. The current local governance and local development debates refer to very different levels of scale: from small, rural communities to fairly extensive (even international) spaces. It is clear that the development process shows substantial differences between large and small cities, and between core regions and remote rural areas. Indeed, the heterogeneity of the process is strongly influenced by national, regional and local contexts. The empirical studies in this volume show the diversity and complexity of local governance and local development in Latin America, while avoiding stereotypes about the impact of public sector reform and administrative decentralization.

"This book will help the reader think through what is happening in specific contexts in the region and generate ideas about how progressive change might be fostered"

David Hulme, University of Manchester


Decentralization Democratic transition Global Cities Globalisation Globalization Governance Liberalization Local Development National-regional development schemes Political Environment Political Reform Region Remote rural areas Rural communities integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Lindert
    • 1
  • Otto Verkoren
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. GeosciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Fac. GeosciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands

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