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Can subnational autonomy strengthen democracy in Bolivia?

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 (2014) Can subnational autonomy strengthen democracy in Bolivia? Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 44 (1). pp. 51-81. ISSN 0048-5950

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Identification Number: 10.1093/publius/pjt020


Bolivia is one of the most radical and sincere of decentralization reformers. It recently implemented new reforms granting autonomy to departmental, regional, municipal, and indigenous and rural governments. What effects might these have on public investment patterns, government responsiveness, intergovernmental fiscal relations, the sustainability of public finances, and political accountability? I examine autonomies in light of both fiscal federalism theory and evidence on the effects of Bolivia's 1994 decentralization. By submitting new reforms to the dual rigors of theory and evidence, we can arrive at contingent projections of their likely effects. I identify adjustments to improve efficiency and sustainability in intergovernmental relations, and reduce horizontal imbalances. In sum, the reform has the potential to improve citizen participation, make government more accountable, and deepen Bolivian democracy.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 15:32
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:52
Funders: Inter-American Development Bank, London School of Economics

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