The Subnational Local Governance Index in Mexico


The main purpose of this paper is to present the results of the use and construction of the methodological instrument called Subnational Local Governance Index (ISGL). That Index was built to contribute to the assessments of institutional capacities of local governments, in order to resolve public problems in Mexico. The Construction of that Index has been founded on four main features: 1) The lake of Public Policy in education, health, public services and housing quality, measured by the level of social backwardness, 2) The structure of government and administration, measured by the institutional capacities, 3) The quality of Local Government, measured by the level of credibility of the Citizens through the Subnational Governance and 4) The local financial capacity, measured by the ability to generate income and to manage the public debt. Basically, the following questions have been used to build the Index: What is the level of social backwardness at the local level?, What kind of institutional structure exists at the local level? What is the profile of the managers of the Public Policy at the local level? What is the capacity to generate income? What is the level of confidence of the Citizens toward the local Governance?

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Mario Eduardo Ibarra Cortés, University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Conference: ACSS2013
Stream: Social Sciences

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Cortés M. (2013) The Subnational Local Governance Index in Mexico ISSN: 2186-2303 – The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2013 – Official Conference Proceedings
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