Municipal politics and forest governance: Comparative analysis of decentralization in Bolivia and Guatemala

TitleMunicipal politics and forest governance: Comparative analysis of decentralization in Bolivia and Guatemala
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAndersson KP, Gibson CC, Lehoucq F
JournalWorld Development
Volume34
Pagination576-595
Date PublishedMar
Type of ArticleReview
ISBN Number0305-750X
Accession NumberISI:000236075500010
KeywordsACCOUNTABILITY, Bolivia, COMMUNITY, CONSERVATION, COUNTRIES, decentralization, FEDERALISM, FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION, forestry, GOVERNMENTS, Guatemala, incentives, INDIA, KALIMANTAN, Latin America, participation
Abstract

The success of efforts to decentralize governance responsibilities hinges upon the incentives of local politicians. We test this argument by studying the experiences of forestry sector decentralization in Bolivia and Guatemala. We analyze the survey responses of 200 mayors and show that local-level institutional incentives are systematically linked to variations in local politicians' interest and investment decisions in the forestry sector. Further, we find that a decentralization policy that transfers very limited decision-making powers to local governments stifles local interest in organizing resource governance activities. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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