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Spain: From Administrative Reform to Continuous Improvement

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This comprehensive review of public governance in Spain finds that it shares with other OECD countries the need for a whole-of-government approach to reform. This is especially needed given Spain’s high degree of decentralisation and institutional fragmentation throughout the public sector. The experience of OECD countries with administrative reform is that it is successful when it is not perceived as a one-off exercise, but rather as a process of continuous improvement to constantly identify waste, shortcomings, and opportunities to do things better. This is particularly relevant for the public administration to become a positive influence for growth and overcome the effects of the financial crisis Spain has been through.

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Administrative rationalisation and multi-level governance

This chapter makes an evaluation of CORA’s rationalization initiatives and it presents the multi-level governance aspects of the CORA reform.Regarding administrative rationalisation, the chater underlines the importance of pursuing long-term strategic reforme objectives. In parallel, multi-level governance is presented against the background of the existing institutional arrangements, followed by a number of best practices from other OECD countries that could be useful for improving co-operation bodies between different levels of government, as suggested in the CORA report.

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