How (Not) to Produce Effective Policies?

Mariano Tommasi and Carlos Scartascini

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747504
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 How (Not) to Produce Effective Policies?

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A number of recent studies have investigated the workings of political institutions, policymaking processes, and the resulting policy outcomes in Latin America, via various case studies as well as cross-country empirical analysis within Latin America and more broadly. This article gives a succinct summary of the conclusions of some of those studies. It starts by defining the dependent variables, which are the characteristics of public policies that are important to grasp so as to understand the performance of the countries in Latin America.

Keywords: public policy; economic policy; Latin America

Article.  8898 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Public Economics ; Economic Development and Growth

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