Governance Issues in Guatemala: Corruption as a Symptom of Weakness in Central Coordination within the Decentralization ModelGovernance Issues in Guatemala: Corruption as a Symptom of Weakness in Central Coordination within the Decentralization Model

Title
Governance Issues in Guatemala: Corruption as a Symptom of Weakness in Central Coordination within the Decentralization ModelGovernance Issues in Guatemala: Corruption as a Symptom of Weakness in Central Coordination within the Decentralization Model
Authors
FAURE DE PAZ, Anais Gabriela
Issue Date
2013
Publisher
KDI School of public policy and management
Abstract
Decentralization has been praised for its potential benefits for improving efficiency, accountability, and democratic governance. It has also been criticized because of the fragmenting effects it may cause on already weak political systems, of which corruption can be a notable one. This study analyzes the case of decentralization in Guatemala, contending that the weak role played by the central state for coordinating the system has negatively affected its overall performance. Especially, lax enforcement of transparency standards is argued to have a relation with corruption occurring within decentralized institutions, impacting all levels of governance. These arguments were supported by the analysis of stakeholders and legal framework of decentralization, paired with the scrutiny of a Monitoring and Evaluation tool from the Presidential Secretariat of Planning and Programming, responsible for coordinating the decentralized system. However, the lack of data on corruption, limited the capacity of this paper to adequately address the possibility of a direct causal relation between decentralization and corruption in Guatemala. Finally, Recommendations were drawn for the academic community, the Guatemalan central government, and the SEGEPLAN.
URI
http://archives.kdischool.ac.kr/handle/11125/12264
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