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Local economic development policies in Chile’s municipalities: beyond welfarism

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Author: Dini, Marco - Correa Mautz, Felipe UN symbol.: LC/PUB.2019/6-P p. 49-65; grafs., tabls. April 2019


To what extent are local economic development policies limited to a welfare approach in Chile? The hypothesis pursued in this work is that, taken together, these policies far exceed this paradigm. For the study, a register of 40 policy categories was taken by means of a reading and systematization of local economic development policies run by Chile’s municipalities through 69 District Development Plans (PLADECO). On average, municipalities propose actions in 16 of the 40 categories, but these, overall, are capable of encompassing in a satisfactory manner the various local economic development challenges faced by each municipality depending on the district’s production structure and situation.