[The book's] findings should encourage the community of researchers to widen our paradigms and tools to understand Latin American processes.
—Development in Practice
Surprising and thought-provoking.
—Latin American Politics and Society
This book brings fresh data, new approaches, and new subject matter to the debate on whether decentralization policies result in improved public economies.
—Christian Brannstrom, Texas A&M University
This book is one of the few cross-national studies of local government units. It is important in that it emphasizes empirical analysis rather than the qualitative analysis that is typical of most comparative local government research.
—Derek Kauneckis, University of Nevada, Reno