The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America

B. Guy Peters
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Carlos Alba Tercedor
Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

Conrado Ramos
Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Product Details
12 Jan 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
520 pages - 152 x 229mm
While most scholarship on public administration in Latin America has taken an overtly legal approach, this handbook examines the subject from a political and public management perspective. In so doing, this handbook brings the study of public administration in Latin America more in line with studies conducted in other parts of the world, providing a basis for much more fruitful comparison. 

The handbook is divided into two parts. The first section contains chapters that explore a range of administrative systems in existence across Latin America, including the major representative types of public administration. The second portion of the book presents comparative examinations of important issues relating to public administration across the region, including accountability, public personnel management, policy coordination and the politics of bureaucracy. 

In providing an in-depth examination of public administration in contemporary Latin America, this handbook is a vital resource for scholars interested in the fields of public administration in both a Latin American and comparative context, as well as practitioners in government.
Introduction: Focus and Book Outline; Conrado Ramos and B. Guy Peters 
Chapter 1. A Brief Story of Latin American Public Administration: A particular model?; Conrado Ramos and Alejandro Milanes 
Section 1. Country Chapters 
Chapter 2. Public Administration in Argentina: Characterization and Analysis of the Political-Institutional Dynamic; Mercedes Iacoviello, Diego Pando, and Mercedes Llano 
Chapter 3. Public Administration in Brazil: The Elusive State—Eighty Years Attempting to Build a Professional and Responsive Public Service; Francico Gaetani, Pedro Palotti, and Roberto Pires 
Chapter 4. Modernizing the State to Strengthen Democracy: Public Sector Reforms in Chile; Susan Alberts, Mireya Davila, and Arturo Valenzuela 
Chapter 5. Colombia: Public Administration in the Midst of Uncertainty; María Victoria Whittingham 
Chapter 6. Costa Rican Public Administration: Neo-Weberian State, Fragmentation and Dilemmas; Violeta Palaviccini 
Chapter 7. Mexico’s Public Administration: Huge Problems, Partial Solutions; María del Carmen Pardo 
Chapter 8. Paraguay: The Supremacy of Informality in Public Administration; Christian Schuster 
Chapter 9. Public Administration in Uruguay: Modernization in Slow Motion; Conrado Ramos Larraburu, Alejandro Milanesi, and Diego Gonnet 
Section 2. Cross country chapters 
Chapter 10. The Management of Public Personnel in Latin America: Scope and Limits of a Modern Professional Service; José Luis Mendez 
Chapter 11. Bureaucracy and Politics; Juan Negri 
Chapter 12. The Center of Government in Latin America; Martin Alessandro and Mariano Lafuente 
Chapter 13. Digital Public Administration in Latin America. Digitalization, Public Innovation and the Future of Technologies in the Public Sector; J. Ignacio Criado 
Chapter 14. The Dilemmas of Governance in Latin America; Cristina Zurbriggen 
Chapter 15. Good Governance and Corruption in Latin America; Manuel Villoria 
Chapter 16. Enhancing Accountability through Results-oriented Monitoring and Evaluation Systems; Sonia M. Ospina, Nuria Cunill-Grau, and Claudia Maldonado 
Conclusion: The Present and Future of Public Administration in Latin America; Conrado Ramos and B Guy Peters
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and former President of the International Public Policy Association. He is Editor of the International Review of Public Policy and has recently co-authored Governance, Politics and the State (2nd ed., 2020). 

Carlos Alba Tercedor is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He has written extensively on administrative reform, local government and administrative elites. 

Conrado Ramos is Professor of Government and Public Administration at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. He has published extensively on public administration in Latin America, with a focus on civil service systems, models of public management and the politics of patronage.

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