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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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I am grateful to Luis Ainstein, Henry Dietz, Oscar Figueroa, Alan Gilbert, Milton Santos, Martim Smolka, Hamilton Tolosa, and Vilma Faria for their help in preparing the case study materials upon which this discussion is based. Each was asked to complete a template about "their" mega-city covering: political-administrative organization; bases of governmental legitimacy; government structure; principal activities undertaken by various levels of government; trends towards privatization; city financial arrangements and revenue-sharing; and so on. Maria Elena Ducci and Manuel Perló are also thanked for kindly providing additional information about Santiago and Mexico City respectively, and Terrell Blodgett for his insights on the operation of city governments in the United States.