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MEXICO CITY ACTIVITIESCoyoacan, is a sort of the hippie neighbor south of the city—although it's old and upper middle class with straight streets and old churches.  The Frida Kahlo museum and the Leo Trotsky museum shouldn't be missed. There are great cantinas here—which have fabulous traditional Mexican food (not tortillas but real food like meatballs, chiles rellenos and spicy yerbas—which you have to try!)  Dinner is lunch and it's from 3:30-5pm. Most people only eat breakfast and then a large dinner/lunch. So most places are packed at those times and not very much before or afterwards, except for after 8pm which is when folks go for evening strolls.  Late at night Mexicans go to Taco places and eat tacos—so you’ll enviable get some of those too. Coyoacan is known for Frida Kahlo’s house. She is the feminist painter who married Diego Rivera—the famous muralist.  It also has  the Leo Trotsky museum, who came to exile in Mexico City becau…

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Micro-Incentives and Municipal Behavior: Political Decentralization and Fiscal Federalism in Argentina and MexicoHeidi Jane M. Smitha, Keith D. RevellbShow more
doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.08.018Get rights and content Highlights• The fiscal practices of six cities in Argentina and Mexico were analyzed. • The causal mechanisms of political and fiscal decentralization theory are flawed. • Micro-incentives shape the behavior of subnational public officials. • Vertical fiscal imbalances serve the interests of many subnational actors. • Decentralization theory underestimates the preference for redistributive policy. Summary This article analyzes the mixed results of political and fiscal decentralization in Latin America by comparing taxing and spending policies in six cities in Argentina and Mexico. Consistent with previous studies, we find that decentralization has been frustrated by overconcentration of power at the provi…