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Leadership and Innovation in Subnational Government : Case Studies from Latin America

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  • Tim Campbell
  • Harald Fuhr
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    This book is about inventing successes and good practices of governments that are "closer to the people." Numerous examples throughout Latin America indicate-often despite macroeconomic instability, high inflation, and strong top-down regulation-that subnational actors have repeatedly achieved what their central counterparts preached: sound policymaking, better administration, better services, more participation, and sustained economic development. But what makes some governments change course and move toward innovation? What triggers experimentation and, eventually, turns ordinary practice into good practice? The book answers some of these questions. It goes beyond a mere documentation of good and best practice, which is increasingly provided through international networks and Internet sites. Instead, it seeks a better understanding of the origins and fates of such successes at the micro level. The case studies and analytical chapters seek to explain: How good practice is born at the local level; Where innovative ideas come from; How such ideas are introduced in a new context, successfully implemented, and propagated locally and beyond; What donors can do to effectively assist processes of self-induced and bottom-up change.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 15023 and published in 2004.

    ISBN: 0-8213-5707-7
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    Keywords: Banks and Banking Reform Public Sector Management and Reform Governance - National Governance Public Sector Economics and Finance Urban Development - Municipal Financial Management Finance and Financial Sector Development;

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    1. Rudiger Dornbusch & Sebastian Edwards, 1991. "Introduction to "The Macroeconomics of Populism in Latin America"," NBER Chapters, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, in: The Macroeconomics of Populism in Latin America, pages 1-4 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Dornbusch, Rudiger & Edwards, Sebastian, 1989. "The macroeconomics of populism in Latin America," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 316, The World Bank.
    3. Merilee S. Grindle, 1999. "In Quest of the Political: The Political Economy of Development Policy Making," CID Working Papers, Center for International Development at Harvard University 17, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
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