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Decentralization from the local : action research on municipal governance in the Mexican transition to democracy

  • Gadsden-Carrasco, Carlos
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
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While using the Action Research Methodology, this dissertation considers a double perspective for its author as a researcher and public official involved in Mexico's Decentralization Policy Implementation, and also as a policy designer and policy consultant. It narrates two settings where the author had a major involvement from a Federal and sub- national (State) governmental employee position. The said experiences were a top-down policy implementation experience in the State of Guanajuato (1995) and a bottom-up policy implementation process in the State of Nuevo Le6n (2002 onwards). Evidence from the experiences shows that the bottom-up model of decentralization policy implementation performs better in the process of strengthening local government capabilities, 'pulling' the necessary functions, regulations, and resources to make decentralization work, rather than it being imposed or 'pushed' by the central government. To the extent that the main assumption behind an Action-Research experience is that social research and knowledge production that doesn't lead to social change is somewhat useless because any researcher involved within Action Research should serve a two-fold purpose of knowing reality but having as its aim the drive to change it, the main contribution of this thesis is to help local governments in an exercise of self-diagnosis (the Desde Lo Local instrument) of their strengths and weakness in order to set a new local government agenda that stresses governance and sustainability. / EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service / GB / United Kingdom

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