• Description

In the light of the decentralization process now under way in Latin America, this paper seeks to address the direction of local government in the region. It proposes two Weberian ideal types of local government systems -- 'managerial' and 'governmental'. Ten basic features of local government systems are then used as a template to 'situate' Latin American local government within this typology. On the basis of this comparative framework, the paper tentatively concludes that the 'managerial' type of local government is gaining ground in the region.