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Recentralisation in Colombia

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines processes of administrative, fiscal and political recentralisation in Colombia

  • Utilises elite interviews with former Presidents of Colombia and other national and local politicians and administrators

  • Provides a template for the study of administrative reform across Latin America

Part of the book series: Executive Politics and Governance (EXPOLGOV)

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About this book

“Based on scores of interviews with high-level offi cials across fi ve presidential administrations in Colombia, López-Murcia provides a compelling explanation of recentralisation as the result of interactions between economic performance and institutional context. This is a timely contribution to the literature on multilevel governance.”

Kent Eaton, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

“Leveraging within-case variation in economic and institutional variables across fi ve presidencies, the book traces the emergence and success of recentralising coalitions in Colombia. In so doing, it generates important lessons for scholars interested in the determinants of institutional strength and stability, decentralisation and multilevel governance, and Latin American politics.”

Ezequiel González-Ocantos, University of Oxford, UK

“This book will extend and reinvigorate scholarship on decentralization by adding an interactive framework to explain recentralization. Decentralization and intergovernmental relations scholars and practitioners should find this volume worth reading.”

Claudia Avellaneda, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

This book tackles the question of how to characterise and account for recentralisation in Colombia between central and lower levels of government across a 26-year period. Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has once again put the distribution of responsibilities, resources, and authority between different levels of government at the heart of political debate. This book brings this issue to light as a topic central to the study of public administration.Drawing on extensive fi eldwork with more than a hundred interviews with former presidents, ministers, members of congress, governors, local mayors and subnational public offi cials, as well as documentary sources, it begins with a historical account of recentralisation processes in the world. It then proposes a theoretical framework to explain these processes, before tracing and carefully comparing recentralisation episodes in Colombia using theory-guided process tracing.

Julián D. López-Murcia is Associate Professor at the Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia.

 



Keywords

  • recentralisation
  • decentralisation
  • executive politics
  • Colombia
  • public administration
  • Latin American politics
  • local governance
  • administrative recentralisation reforms
  • Pastrana administration
  • Uribe administration
  • Santos administration
  • Duque administration
  • political recentralisation
  • administrative recentralisation
  • fiscal recentralisation

Reviews

“López-Murcia’s volume becomes an obligatory reference for those interested in subnational governance and intergovernmental relations in Latin America, as well as for those exploring the evolution of governance processes in the region. Moreover, the book offers readers a clear account of the different tools and bargaining strategies employed by the Colombian elites, beyond the formality of the policy process, to carry forward their agenda. … López-Murcia’s book results very valuable to help us figure out the governance dynamics we will face in the near future.” (Ricardo A. Bello-Gomez, revista.drclas.harvard.edu, July 23, 2022)

"This carefully-researched book helps us better understand how and why countries experience recentralisation – a global trend that has received far less attention than decentralisation but that promises to be just as important.  Based on scores of interviews with high-level officials across five presidential administrations in Colombia, López-Murcia provides a compelling explanation of recentralisation as the result of interactions between economic performance and institutional context. This is a timely contribution to the literature on multilevel governance." (Kent Eaton, Professor of Politics, Politics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA) 

“Leveraging within-case variation in economic and institutional variables across five presidencies, the book traces the emergence and success of recentralising coalitions in Colombia. In so doing, it generates important lessons for scholars interested in the determinants of institutional strength and stability, decentralization and multilevel governance, and Latin American politics.” (Ezequiel González-Ocantos, Associate Professor, Department of Politics & IR, University of Oxford, UK)

"This book will extend and reinvigorate scholarship on decentralization by adding an interactive framework to explain recentralization. Decentralization and intergovernmental relations scholars and practitioners should find this volume worth reading." (Claudia Avellaneda, Associate Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)

"Recentralisation in Colombia by Julián D. López-Murcia is a timely book, decisively contributing to decentralisation theory in general, and specifically to the debate about governance and state-building in Latin America… Scholars from different academic disciplines interested in studying recentralisation and decentralisation will surely be grateful to him for this masterly work." (Juan David Para, LSE Review of Books)


Authors and Affiliations

  • Universidad de La Sabana, Chía, Colombia

    Julián D. López-Murcia

About the author

Julián D. López-Murcia is Associate Professor at the Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-81674-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)