Argentina has been a federal country since 1824. States and municipalities have been constitutionally recognized as integral parts of the federal since 1853. Even though they receive a relatively high share of their budget from federal transfers, provinces (55% of budget comes from federal transfers) and municipalities (between 50% and 70% of revenues come from the federal government) have extensive spending and administrative autonomy. Provinces in Argentina play an leading role in the provision of frontline public services, including education, health, and social protection. While municipalities play a relatively small role in these concurrent functions, they playing a more important role in areas such as housing, community amenities, and environmental protection.

Subnational governance structure

Nature of subnational governance institutions

Functional assignments

LoGICA Assessments

LoGICA Intergovernmental Profile: Argentina 2023 (Excel)

Additional resources

Outlook of Fiscal Relations between Levels of Government in Latin America and the Caribbean (Panorama de las relaciones fiscales entre niveles de gobierno en países de América Latina y el Caribe), IADB/CEPAL

Argentina Country Profile (World Observatory on Subnational Governance and Investment, OECD/UCLG)

Local government country profile: Argentina (UN Women)

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Last updated: December 1, 2023