Decentralization and Party Politics in the Dominican Republic

Authors: Mitchell, C.

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Recently in the Dominican Republic, a pro-municipal social alliance pressed for decentralization and politicians yielded, seeking power in three-party competition. This study examines how electoral, financial, and administrative power has been dispersed and suggests innovative strategies to maintain decentralizing momentum.

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Christopher Mitchell is Professor Emertius of Politics at New York University, USA.

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"This is the first systematic study of political decentralization in the Dominican Republic, a country known for its entrenched centralism. To understand the roots and characteristics of this transformation, Christopher Mitchell carefully examines each of the factors that contributed to promote municipalismo, from changes in the Constitution to increasing demands for better public services. Mitchell's detailed analysis of the formation of a decentralization coalition is a major contribution to the study of democratization in Latin America. Unlike other countries in the region, Dominican decentralization was not a by-product of neoliberal reforms; it proceeded in the context of a clientelistic state." - Rosario Espinal, Professor of Sociology, Temple University, USA

"Chris Mitchell is skilfull in weaving a persuasive account of how a social movement and a party system combined to encourage an unlikely change - the decentralization of political power in the Dominican Republic. He provides an excellent example of scholarly insight into the politics of reform." - Merilee Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School, USA

"This concise book provides a compelling explanation for the mixed evolution of the politics of decentralization in the Dominican Republic from the 1990s to the present. Based on extensive research and interviews, it also contributes to theoretical debates about the roles of social movements and political parties and party systems in advancing decentralization reforms. I highly recommend this work to scholars and students alike." - Jonathan Hartlyn, Kenneth J. Reckford Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mitchell, Christopher

    Pages 1-5

  • Measures and Initiatives Favoring Decentralization, 1994–2008

    Mitchell, Christopher

    Pages 6-12

  • The Deep Roots and Local Consequences of Dominican Centralism

    Mitchell, Christopher

    Pages 13-21

  • A Decentralizing Coalition Finds Political Leverage

    Mitchell, Christopher

    Pages 22-41

  • Party Alliances, the

    Mitchell, Christopher

    Pages 42-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decentralization and Party Politics in the Dominican Republic
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35312-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137353122
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35311-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46956-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 137
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