Making Decentralisation Work in Chile

Towards Stronger Municipalities

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This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges confronting Chile’s centralised growth model and recommendations towards developing a more integrated territorial approach, capable of mobilising regional productivity catch-up potential in order to strengthen the role of regions and municipalities.

The Chilean government has launched an ambitious decentralisation agenda, aimed at empowering municipalities by providing them with the legitimacy, financial resources, human capacities and tools required to improve their autonomy and performance. This study seeks to assist the government by covering several dimensions, looking at municipal responsibilities, fiscal and human resources, equalisation mechanisms, local public service performance,  citizen participation, and co-ordination mechanisms across levels of government.



The OECD Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) is a leading international forum in the fields of regional, urban, and rural development policy and in multi-level governance. It has led the way in acknowledging the importance of multi-level governance and place-based approaches tailored to local and regional needs. To support the RDPC's leadership in this policy dialogue, the OECD created the Multi-Level Governance Studies series in 2016, focusing both on country and thematic work.


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