Presidents, Governors, and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies: Primus Contra Pares in Argentina and Brazil, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Presidents, Governors, and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies

Primus Contra Pares in Argentina and Brazil, 1st Edition

By Lucas I. González


313 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Tensions between central authorities and subnational units over centralization and fiscal autonomy are on top of the political agenda in many developing federal countries.

This book examines historical changes in the balance between the resources that presidents and governors control and the policy responsibilities they have to deliver. It focuses on Argentina and Brazil, the most decentralized federal countries in Latin America, with the most powerful sub-national governments in the region. Using formal modelling, statistical tools, and comparative historical analyses, it examines substantive shifts in the allocation of resources and the distribution of administrative functions and explains under which conditions these changes occur. In doing so, it presents theoretical and comparative implications for the study of fiscal federalism and the functioning of developing federal democracies.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of federalism, intergovernmental relations, decentralization, and sub-national politics and more broadly to those studying comparative politics, democratization, political elites, public policy and economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Federal Distributive Game 2. Power, Crises, and Distribution in Latin America 3. Pares Contra Primus 4. Primus Inter Pares 5. Primus Contra Pares The Cardoso Presidency (1995-2002) 6. Conclusions

About the Author

Lucas Gonzalez is Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and full-time Professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Federalism and Decentralization

The series publishes outstanding scholarship on federalism and decentralization, defined broadly, and is open to theoretical, empirical, philosophical, and historical works. The series includes two types of work: firstly, it features research monographs that are substantially based on primary research and make a significant original contribution to their field. Secondly, it contains works that address key issues of policy-relevant interest or summarise the research literature and provide a broad comparative coverage.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / State & Provincial