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NEVES, Estela Maria Souza Costa. Environmental policy, municipalities and intergovernmental cooperation in Brazil. Estud. av. [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.74, pp. 137-150. ISSN 0103-4014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-40142012000100010.
The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of intergovernmental cooperation in federal environmental policies from the perspective of Brazilian local governments, considering Brazilian federal institutional framework. The analysis of the constitutional municipal agenda highlights that environmental defense activities provides the background for the analysis of selected examples of federal environmental policy. We conclude that federal success depends on a great extent on municipal support because they are in a unique position to combine the use of typical environmental strategies and instruments with policy instruments exclusive to municipalities.
Keywords : Environmental policy; Local government; Federalism; Environmental governance; Intergovernamental relations.