Más Allá de los Cambios: Continuidades En los Gobiernos Locales del Ecuador

Translated title of the contribution: Beyond the Changes: Continuities in the Local Governments of Ecuador

Victor Hugo Torres Davila

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It discusses the challenges for sectional governments in the messy scenario of post-progressive changes and continuities. It argues that the government of the Citizen Revolution inherited a model of local government designed in the late 1970s by the political regime that, worn out, persists despite constitutional innovations. His proposal examines what he considers to be three political tendencies bequeathed by the political system and unchanged in progressivism that continue in the post-progressive transition: the ebbs and flows between the national and the local that condition local capacities with the predominance of recentralization, the persistent electoral fractioning that reduces the legitimacy of local authorities and weakens territorial democracy, and the crisis of citizen participation that contributes to the entrenched patrimonialism and local clientelism. Alternatively, the author proposes moving towards multilevel governance in pursuit of new territorial public action agreements.
Translated title of the contributionBeyond the Changes: Continuities in the Local Governments of Ecuador
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
Title of host publicationEcuador: Debates, balances y desafíos post-progresistas
PublisherCentro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina (CIESPAL)
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)978-987-722-720-8
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2020

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  • 213A Political Science


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