Claudia N. Avellaneda, an associate professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, specializes in governance and public management in developing countries, with emphasis on local governments. Her main research interests are decentralization, public policy, innovation, governance and public management, with a regional focus on Latin America. Avellaneda investigates determinants of government performance in Latin American municipalities by focusing on the role of the local chief executive — the mayor.
In her field research, Avellaneda conducts interviews and experimental analyses with Latin American mayors. She explores the impact of mayors’ education, experience, networking and political support on social service delivery, public finances, tax collection and decision-making.
Areas of Expertise
Governance, public management, developing countries, local governments, Latin America, mayoral politics, social service delivery, public finance, tax collection.