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Theorizing institutional changes: understanding decentralization and federalization in Brazil, Spain and South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Ferreira do Vale, Helder
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Grup de Recerca en Teoria Política
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-11T01:53:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-11T01:53:26Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-15T09:03:53Z
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/2072/46795
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/5883
dc.description.abstract In light of the existing theories about institutional change, this paper seeks to advance a common framework to understand the unfolding of decentralization and federalization in three countries: Brazil, Spain, and South Africa. Although in different continents, these three countries witnessed processes after their respective transitions to democracy that transferred administrative and fiscal authority to their regions (decentralization) and vertically distributed political and institutional capacity (federalization). This paper attempts to explain how institutional changes prompted a shift of power and authority towards regional governments by looking at internal sources of change within the intergovernmental arena in the three countries. This analysis is organized around two propositions: that once countries transit to democracy under all-encompassing constitutions there are high incentives for institutional change, and that under a bargained intergovernmental interaction among political actors subnational political elites are able to advance their interests incrementally. In short, through a common framework this paper will explain the evolving dynamics of intergovernmental dynamics in three countries.
dc.format 42 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri Aquest document està subjecte a una llicència d'ús de Creative Commons, amb la qual es permet copiar, distribuir i comunicar públicament l'obra sempre que se'n citin l'autor original, la universitat i el departament i no se'n faci cap ús comercial ni obra derivada, tal com queda estipulat en la llicència d'ús (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/es/)
dc.subject.other Descentralització administrativa -- Brasil
dc.subject.other Descentralització administrativa -- Espanya
dc.subject.other Descentralització administrativa -- Sud-àfrica
dc.subject.other Federalisme -- Brasil
dc.subject.other Federalisme -- Espanya
dc.subject.other Federalisme -- Sud-àfrica
dc.title Theorizing institutional changes: understanding decentralization and federalization in Brazil, Spain and South Africa
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2012-07-10T07:27:35Z

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