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Politics and Promises: Exploring Fifteen Years of Peru’s Participatory Decentralization Reform

Stephanie L. McNulty () and Gustavo Guerra Garcia ()
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Stephanie L. McNulty: Franklin and Marshall College
Gustavo Guerra Garcia: DEE Consultants

Public Organization Review, 2019, vol. 19, issue 1, 45-64

Abstract: Abstract In 2001, Peruvians passed the most comprehensive and participatory decentralization reform in the country’s history. The reform contributed to widespread optimism about the country’s future after authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori stepped down the year before. More than 15 years later, many Peruvians are pessimistic about the state of decentralization and citizen participation around the country. This article explores the root causes of the disillusionment, focusing on the political factors that have contributed to this outcome. While acknowledging many achievements, the article stresses the role that political interests play in limiting the effectiveness of public policy reforms in Latin America.

Keywords: Decentralization; Governance; Participation; Peru (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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