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The politics of recentralization in Argentina and Brazil by Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick offers a refreshing look into the 1900s efforts to execute fiscal power recentralization which was largely informed by recentralization salience most notably in a number countries in Latin America. In this text critique the article while taking unto consideration a number of items in regard to the articles completeness, relevance as well as scope.

A discussion

The authors of the article are distinguished individuals who have previously made important contributions as far as decentralization studies are concerned. This is more so for J. Tylor Dickovick who has over time made far reaching contributions to decentralization studies. He has also authored a number of articles notably on recentralization including “Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing world where according to Peterson (2006), he concerned himself with Brazil as well as South Africa.

Based on their previous works, it can hence be said that the authors were well placed and fully qualified to come u with “The politics of recentralization in Argentina and Brazil and with that in mind, there is no obvious or apparent bias exhibited as far as the text is concerned. The introduction of the article opens with a recap of the main issues to be covered in the text hence giving the reader an overview of the issues addressed in the body.

It is also in the introductory part that the authors state the thesis in a clear and concise manner and in that regard, the research presented in the text impacts not only Latin America political economy but other regions as well especially when it comes to decentralization. When it comes to the scope, it can be noted that the article essentially concerns itself with Argentina and Brazil where the focus on recentralization is well dealt with.

It is important t note that the review of literature in the text is largely amazing. The authorize concern refer from a wide range of relevant texts and in this respect, he article can be said to be not only relevant but timely. Most of the texts in which the authors base their arguments are current and as already noted, this goes a long way to enhance the timeliness as well as relevance of the text.

It is also important to note that the facts as well as data presented in the article flows in a logic sense and in that line, the reader is able to follow up from point to point all the way to articles conclusive end. However, I tend to this that the authors would have enhanced the clarity of the article by adding some more factual examples that would in one way or the other relate to the scenarios playing out in the early 90s.

Further, the findings by the author concerning measures of economic stabilization that went ahead to enhance Brazil and Argentinas economic recentralization are not well brought out. This leaves the reader hanging and it would have helped matters more if the authors gave a few of the key measures of recentralization they are alluding to.

To their credit however, Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick ensure that most of the facts they present in the body of the text go a long way to support the thesis. Apart from the minor flaw reported a few lines above, Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovicks reasons are convincing enough for the conclusions they come up with.

It is also largely laudable that the authors recognize dissenting arguments that are largely contrary to their findings. For instance, Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick note that their findings can be quite startling when compared with other findings from current literature as well as previous works.

For instance, they note that over time, most scholars have linked (either directly or indirectly) economic reform to economic crisis wile trying to come up wit an understanding of recentralization. In their case, they concern themselves chiefly with stabilization which is largely the only primary interviewing variable.

It is important to note that the findings of Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick have far reaching implications on not only the political economy literature but also on decentralization research agenda. In general, the article can hence be said to be highly relevant and timely.


In conclusion, it is important to note that the argument presented by Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick in their article The politics of recentralization in Argentina and Brazil resonates well with facts and offers the reader an insightful view into a number of issues including but not in any way limited to the most prevalent political economy explanations.

A research of his kind is highly relevant and hence I can be said that by seeking an understanding of Argentina Brazils recentralization politics, Kent Eaton and J. Tyler Dickovick go a long way to open up possibilities of more research in this field.


Peterson, G.E. (2006). Decentralization in Asia and Latin America: towards a comparative interdisciplinary perspective. Edward Elgar Publishing


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