Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Guillermo V. Alonso, Ricardo A. Gutiérrez, Gabriela Merlinsky
    Federalism and municipal policies in Buenos Aires suburbs: Interjurisdicti
    in Gestion y politica publica , Vol. XV, n.2 ,  2016 ,  483-523
    To study the interjurisdictional coordination challenges faced by municipal governments is gaining greater scholar and political relevance in federal countries like Argentina. In this work we examine how different forms of interjurisdictional coordination among the three government levels bear upon the making of municipal policies by conducting a comparative study of two policy areas (health and environment) in two Buenos Aires suburban municipalities (Avellaneda and San Martín). The implementation of municipal policies in metropolitan regions such as Buenos Aires is contingent not only on the development of municipal organizational capacities but also on the coordination between the municipal government and the other government levels. Our research findings show that, while the forms of coordination between the municipal government and the higher levels vary with the policy area and the municipality, there exists a growing coordination between the municipal and the national governments both in the health and the environmental area. Our findings also show that where such an articulation does not exist o is unnoticeable, municipal policy implementation capacities decrease
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