Punctuated equilibrium in multilevel contexts: How federal and state level forces feedback into shaping the local policy agenda in Mexico
Oliver Meza, Profesor Investigador Titular de la División de Administración Pública del CIDE, escribió el artículo Punctuated equilibrium in multilevel contexts: How federal and state level forces feedback into shaping the local policy agenda in Mexico en el Policy Studies Journal.
The article uses the punctuated equilibrium theory to explain changes in the local policy agenda of municipal governments. It focuses on feedback (negative and positive) as a key concept that associates intergovernmental institutions in a federalist system of governance and the budgetary punctuations and change in the municipal policy agenda. I analyze a 17-year period of decentralization process along a generalized structural equation multinomial model. Findings show that decentralized resources, from state and federal governments, affect the municipal’s local policy agenda. Such effects are conditional to an overall institutional setting, thus, providing additional insights into the contingency of institutional friction shaping feedback and policy change.