Municipal Governance, Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries: Comparative Analysis and Lessons from Chile

40 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2018

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Patricio Valdivieso

Universidad de los Lagos, Centro de Estudios Regionales y Políticas Públicas (CEDER)

Krister P. Andersson

University of Colorado at Boulder - Institute of Behavioral Sciences

Benjamin Villena-Roldan

University of Chile - Center for Applied Economics (CEA)

Date Written: April 4, 2017

Abstract

We draw on neo-institutional theories to understand the impact of local governance performance, government decisions, social capital, and their role in driving local efforts to reduce risks associated with climate change and future disasters. We propose that institutional municipal arrangements and characteristics such as national policies, multilevel governance dynamics, availability of internal regulations, organisational structure, personnel, transparency, social participation and synergistic relationships between social organisations and the municipality influence the balance of costs and benefits, and local government decisions and investments. Using data from Chilean municipalities during 2009 – 2014, we test our hypotheses. Our results show that municipalities with strong political alignment with upper-level government, inclusive decision-making, and multilevel-governance incentives tend to devote more resources to disaster risk reduction.

Keywords: Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Local Governments, Institutional Arrangements, Chile

JEL Classification: H72

Suggested Citation

Valdivieso, Patricio and Andersson, Krister P. and Villena-Roldan, Benjamin, Municipal Governance, Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries: Comparative Analysis and Lessons from Chile (April 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3230975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3230975

Patricio Valdivieso (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Lagos, Centro de Estudios Regionales y Políticas Públicas (CEDER) ( email )

Francis Drake 875
Santiago, 8320000.
Chile

HOME PAGE: http://https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9950-6041

Krister P. Andersson

University of Colorado at Boulder - Institute of Behavioral Sciences ( email )

Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Benjamin Villena-Roldan

University of Chile - Center for Applied Economics (CEA) ( email )

Beauchef 851, east building
room 706
Santiago, RM 8370456
Chile

HOME PAGE: http://www.benjaminvillena.com

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