Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston
Chapter 11: Public administration in Latin America: adaptation to a new democratic reality
In recent decades, Latin America has experienced drastic changes in its political landscape: countries in the region have moved from authoritarian rule to democracy, and in the process have transformed their public sector to respond to this new reality. However, each country has responded differently to these processes: whereas some countries have gained institutional capacity and administrative sophistication, others remain unresponsive and ineffectual. This chapter offers an analysis of these changes and an explanation for the different trajectories. In doing so, it addresses contemporary debates on trajectories of public sector reform, on administrative capacity building in developing countries and on the sources of change and continuity in the public sector.
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