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close this bookThe Mega-city in Latin America (UNU, 1996, 282 pages)
close this folder3. Contemporary issues in the government and administration of Latin American mega-cities
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentEmerging imperatives for the 1990s
View the documentStructures of city government
View the documentStructures of government in Latin America's major cities
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1. This gives residents in those sub-areas (also called cities") considerable local autonomy. Its weakness is that it favours the creation and maintenance of affluent sub-units and discriminates against those that are poor. It may lead to a "balkanization" of the larger urban area, dividing the population into homogeneous areas according to income.

2. London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, and Tyneside.

3. Even Rio used to be divided into two separate states, Guanabara and Rio de Janeiro (see chapter 9).

4. As was clearly demonstrated in São Paulo by the Workers' Party's attempts to influence the direction of the Luiza Erundina administration (Jacobi, 1995).