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Title: Between technocracy and democracy : decentralisation and the challenge of urban governance in Santiago, Chile
Author: Goddard, J. S.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis addresses the role of state policies of political and administrative decentralisation and the empowerment of urban local government. Decentralisation has been put forward in recent theory and policy in various regions of the world as a means of confronting the challenges of urban governance - that is of promoting economic growth and quality of life, while enhancing democracy, political freedom and social cohesion. The Chilean government is one of several in Latin American which have recently espoused the rhetoric of decentralisation, and which have implemented policies deemed to decentralise the power of the state. This thesis has three broad objectives. Firstly, to unravel the practical meanings of decentralisation, in terms of the essential elements of such a process, the conditions required for its implementation, and the potential benefits afforded. Secondly, to understand why this theme has emerged recently, and with such prominence, in the political and social sciences and in governmental discourse around the world. And thirdly, to ascertain in the light of our evaluations of the two previous points, whether recent policy reforms in the Republic of Chile correspond to a meaningful process of decentralisation, or whether the political rhetoric in this case is different from the reality. This thesis tackles these objectives by exploring new theoretical angles and empirical data. Firstly, it embraces a novel theoretical approach, outlining the modern relevance of the counterpoints which emerge between the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville and Max Weber, and setting the evaluation of recent developments in Chile within this theoretical framework.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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