versão impressa ISSN 0121-5612
RODRIGUEZ TAKEUCHI, Laura Kiku. THE COLOMBIAN MUNICIPALITIES AND ARMED CONFLICT A LOOK AT THE CONSEQUENCES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PERFORMANCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. colomb.int. [online]. 2009, n.70, pp. 93-120. ISSN 0121-5612.
In Colombia, the coexistence of democracy and armed conflict is considered to be a paradox (Posada 2006). This work intends to shed light on the consequences of armed conflict on the local levels of government, particularly on the effectiveness of the Colombian municipalities in providing basic services. In order to do that, I use municipal data from 2005 and, through an econometric analysis that includes spatial correlations, evaluate the impact of armed conflict on several health, education and basic sanitation indicators. The results show that armed conflict has affected the government effectiveness in providing such services. This leads one to think that, at least at the local levels, armed conflict would be putting at risk one of the basic principles of decentralization, the capacity to satisfy citizen's needs through public service provision.
Palavras-chave : municipal performance; public services; armed conflict; decentralization; Colombia.