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



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



World Development Oxford 34(3): 576-595



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 analysed the survey responses of 200 mayors and showed that local-level institutional incentives were systematically linked to variations in local politicians' interest and investment decisions in the forestry sector.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2005.08.009


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