“Discussions of the role of states in development, and in particular the role of the hands-on ‘developmental state’ in producing impressive Medellin_Colombiatake-offs in East Asia and elsewhere, almost exclusively focusses on the national level. But in many countries, particularly since the push for decentralization in recent decades, local and city governments play an increasingly influential role. So might we see a ‘local developmental state’ emerge in some cities or regions, even when the national state isn’t up to much? A recent paper from the Overseas Development Institute argues that this is exactly what is happening in the former drug capital of Medellín, Colombia…” Read this blog post to find out more.
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