Understanding neoliberal experiences in emerging economies – Aylin Topal looks at local development in Mexico

Aylin Topal’s new book Boosting Competitiveness Through Decentralization: Subnational Comparison of Local Development in Mexico is the latest book to be published in Ashgate’s Cities and Society series.

The book examines the relationship between global economic processes and decentralization, and has been well reviewed:

‘This is a work of exceptional quality in which Aylin Topal delivers unique insights on the territorial fragmentation of space and political authority in Mexico, which has taken the form of decentralisation policies introduced in lockstep with neoliberalism. For anyone wanting to understand the coupling of uneven development and authoritarian neoliberal policies this book is a must-read.’   Adam David Morton, University of Nottingham, UK

‘Topal brilliantly explains the deepening of north-south regional differences within Mexico as the main outcome of decentralization policies. For her, democratization is not an intrinsic by-product of decentralization, it only carries potential changes in the State-Economy relation, thus explaining Mexican developmental variations. Her local findings have universal validity for understanding neoliberal experiences in emerging economies.’   Alejandro Alvarez Béjar, UNAM, México

More about Boosting Competitiveness Through Decentralization

About the Author: Professor Aylin Topal is based at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

The Cities and Society series is edited by Chris Pickvance, University of Kent, UK. Information about the series is available on our website.

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