What is it about?

The article discusses the use of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) to improve municipal governance by understanding the complex behaviors of municipal governments in Ecuador. It outlines a two-stage information-gathering process involving national and local experts to develop and validate the FCMs. The study highlights the importance of key factors like competitive entrepreneurial sectors, skilled human resources, and competent leadership in enhancing municipal services and infrastructure for the well-being of citizens in both the short and long term.

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The article is particularly interesting, relevant, and innovative because it introduces a novel approach to enhancing municipal governance through Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). This method offers a sophisticated way to analyze and improve decision-making processes in municipalities by considering the complex interactions between various factors that influence urban development and citizen well-being. It is pioneering in its application of FCMs and genetic algorithms to municipal governance, offering actionable insights for policymakers and administrators seeking to optimize services and infrastructure in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.


From our perspective, this work is a significant contribution to the field of municipal governance and urban planning. It demonstrates a creative and effective use of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps to navigate the complexities of municipal administration, offering a practical tool for improving decision-making processes. This research not only addresses the theoretical underpinnings of such methodologies but also provides a concrete application that can be replicated or adapted in other contexts. Its innovative approach to blending technology with governance models paves the way for future studies and practical applications that could transform the management of cities globally.

Federico Pablo-Martí
Universidad de Alcala de Henares

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This page is a summary of: Fuzzy cognitive maps for municipal governance improvement, PLoS ONE, February 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0294962.
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