A Natural Experiment in Political Decentralization: Local Institutions and Citizens' Political Engagement in Uruguay

  title={A Natural Experiment in Political Decentralization: Local Institutions and Citizens' Political Engagement in Uruguay},
  author={Fernando Rosenblatt and Germ{\'a}n Bidegain and Felipe Monestier and Rafael Pi{\~n}eiro Rodr{\'i}guez},
  journal={Latin American Politics and Society},
  pages={91 - 110}
Abstract The potential democratizing effect of political decentralization reforms has been a matter of substantial theoretical and empirical debate. This article analyzes the effect of local democratic institution building on the political attitudes and behavior of citizens living in small towns in Uruguay. More specifically, using a natural experiment design, this research seeks to establish the causal impact of recently established elections of local authorities on individuals' political… 

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