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Organizational resilience and the budgetary dynamics of contemporary cities

Grant number: 19/01182-1
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2020 - October 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Administration - Accounting
Principal Investigator:André Carlos Busanelli de Aquino
Grantee:André Carlos Busanelli de Aquino
Host Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade de Ribeirão Preto (FEARP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: André Feliciano Lino ; Ileana Steccolini ; Vivien Barbara Lowndes


The project will analyze how the annual budget dynamics conditionate/constrain the financial resilience of local governments from metropolitan areas. The project follows an exploratoty approach and it continues the pilot study funded by the Institute of Global Innovation of the University of Birmingham, which covered field studies in 4 Brazilian capitals (São Paulo, Manaus, Belém and Goiânia). In this first phase the selected cases were validated as the main constructs varied: vulnerability pre-exogenous shock, and the governments' responses, additionally the protocol was improved. The four cities were selected by theoretical sampling. In the current phase, the cities' administration will be observed for 12 months by the Brazilian researchers in this project. The managers listed as respondents agreed to frequently report the main challenges, the deliberation process and their choices, as well as the justifications for the main pressures of that city. The collected material will be analyzed to inductively explain how the annual budget dynamics conditionate/constrain the city halls to accommodate the tensions created by the economic crises from 2014. The results have the potential to indicate how and why issues such as fiscal balance and service delivery are challenged in the presence of pressures, moreover how this could be avoided. The project is part of the multidisciplinary research group implemented at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (AU)

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