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Veronica Herrera, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Veronica Herrera, Ph.D. Veronica Herrera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | University of Connecticut


Professor Herrera focuses on comparative urban and subnational politics and environmental policymaking, with a focus on Latin America


Veronica Herrera is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Her research investigates how urban communities interact with the state to impact the provision of local public services and confront local environmental hazards, with a regional focus on Latin America. Her focus in recent work is on the rise of advocacy networks and environmental litigation surrounding exposure to toxic contamination in Latin American cities. She is author of Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and has published articles in Comparative Politics, World Development and Latin American Politics & Society.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Environmental Policy Urban Politics Water

Education (2)

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Political Science

Swarthmore College: B.A.




Veronica Herrera, Ph.D. Publication





Media Appearances (1)

It’s not just lead that’s poisoning the water. It’s also politics.

Washington Post  print


Politics are what hinder access to safe water in Mexico’s cities — and many of the same political issues also may be at work in U.S. cities.

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Articles (2)

Does commercialization undermine the benefits of decentralization for local services provision? Evidence from Mexico's urban water and sanitation sector World Development

Veronica Herrera


Decentralization has been promoted as a means to better reflect citizen preferences and improve local services. Many developing countries decentralized and promoted neoliberal policies such as commercialization simultaneously, leaving mayors with the responsibility of improving public services through self-financing reforms. This study evaluates experiences in three Mexican cities to assess whether decentralization and commercialization practices have resulted in improved water and sanitation services. It finds that commercialization has increased social conflict surrounding urban services provision and that local institutional constraints further undermine mayor’s ability to adopt politically contentious policies. The result has been stalled and uneven service improvements.

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When Decentralization Matters: Subnational, Municipal, and New Intertier Relations Latin American Politics and Society

Veronica Herrera


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