This book represents a powerful analysis of the challenges of metropolitan governance in all its messiness and complexity. It examines Latin American metropolitan governance by focusing on the issue of public service provision and comparatively examining five of the largest and most complex urban agglomerations in the region: Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City and Santiago.
The volume identifies and discusses the most pressing challenges associated with metropolitan coordination and the coverage, quality and financial sustainability of service delivery. It also reveals a number of spatial inequalities associated with inadequate provision, which may perpetuate poverty and other inequalities.
Metropolitan Governance in Latin America will be valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers tackling themes of urban planning, spatial inequality, public service provision and Latin American urban development.
Introduction 1 A framework for contextualising metropolitan governance in Latin America 2 Metropolitan centralism, governance and service delivery in Bogotá 3 Governance structures and the unequal provision of services in metropolitan Lima 4 Fragmented governance, service provision and inequality in Mexico City Metropolitan Area 5 The challenging evolution of integrated governance in metropolitan Buenos Aires 6 Metropolitan Santiago: The challenge of moving from dispersion and inequality to effective intergovernmental governance 7 An assessment of metropolitan governance and service provision in Latin America