Local Government Organization and Finance: Brazil

The World Bank. Public Sector Governance and Accountability Series. Local Governance In Developing Countries. 2007

492 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2015

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José Afonso

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian Institute of Economics

Date Written: January 11, 2007

Abstract

This book provides a new institutional economics perspective on the evolving role of local government in a globalized and localized world. The framework for local governance developed in this book represents a paradigm shift as it argues for top down mandates on local governance to be replaced by bottom-up compacts. Furthermore the role of local government is seen as a purchaser but not necessarily a provider of local services and to serve as a catalyst in network governance at the local level for developing social capital and improving economic and social outcomes. It also traces the historical evolution of the role of local government in local governance and presents a stylized view of alternative models of local governance and central-local relations as practiced in the world. The experiences of ten developing and transition economies in local government organization and finance are reviewed to draw lessons of general interest in strengthening responsive, fair, responsible and accountable local governance. The book is written in simple user friendly language to facilitate a wider readership by policy makers and practitioners in addition to students and scholars of public finance, economics and politics.

Suggested Citation

Afonso, José, Local Government Organization and Finance: Brazil (January 11, 2007). The World Bank. Public Sector Governance and Accountability Series. Local Governance In Developing Countries. 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548199

José Afonso (Contact Author)

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian Institute of Economics ( email )

Centro de Polticas Sociais - CPS
Rio de Janeiro 22253-900
Brazil

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