Can Subnational Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?

Jean-Paul Faguet
2013 Publius: The Journal of Federalism  
Bolivia recently implemented new reforms granting autonomy to departmental, regional, municipal, and indigenous and rural governments. What effects might these have on public investment patterns, government responsiveness, government fiscal relations, the sustainability of public finances, and political accountability? I examine autonomies in light of fiscal federalism theory, and evidence on the effects of Bolivia's 1994 decentralization. By submitting new reforms to the dual rigors of theory
more » ... l rigors of theory and evidence, we can try to arrive at contingent predictions of its likely effects. These allow us to make recommendations for adjustments that may strengthen democracy and give voice to the poor. Zambrano, and workshop participants at the IDB-Santa Cruz (2009) and IDB-Washington (2010) workshops for their thoughtful suggestions. All remaining errors are my own.
doi:10.1093/publius/pjt020 fatcat:kocfcf75w5cgxlhgxma2we4txu