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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Annex - Cross-reference table

OECD and CORA reports

The OECD Report does not follow the same structure as the CORA report. There are several reasons for this. First, OECD public governance reviews assess the wholeofgovernment implications of reform, going beyond the silos approach frequently found in governments. The OECD analyses policies, not isolated measures. The whole of these elements can add up to much more than the sum of its parts, when synergies are identified and exploited and when the elements are linked in a strategic governance approach. The scope of this review did not allow for a comprehensive treatment of individual measures, although some sections highlight particularly relevant initiatives.


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