Improving Access and Quality of Public Services in Latin America

To Govern and To Serve

  • Guillermo Perry
  • Ramona Angelescu Naqvi

Part of the Latin American Political Economy book series (LAPE)

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About this book


This book presents insights from several countries in Latin America and beyond on how to organize critical sectors, such as education, roads and water, to improve quality, access and affordability. The innovative, multi-disciplinary studies in this volume discuss the outcomes of decentralization, school autonomy, participatory budgeting at the local level and other accountability mechanisms. Rich quantitative analyses are complemented and enhanced by insights from interviews and quotes from those on the front lines: politicians, bureaucrats and service providers; as well as a variety of case-studies focusing on wider political economy questions, on the intricacies of political competition and governance reform, and on public spending efficiency in countries as varied as Colombia, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. As the authors demonstrate, Latin America has much to share with the rest of the world in terms of governance and public service delivery experiments and learnings. 


Latin American Politics Public Policy Development Economics Access of Public Services Quality of Public Services Public Services in Latin America Accountability Global Network Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Guillermo Perry
    • 1
  • Ramona Angelescu Naqvi
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad de los Andes, Colombia & Center for Global DevelopmentWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Global Development NetworkNew DelhiIndia

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