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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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Mobilising and using resources

Public financial management and public procurement in Spain

This chapter analyses, under a fiscal stability and austerity framework, progress made and reforms proposed on budgetary issues, such as the introduction of a new technique to budget operational expenditures in the central administration or the creation of an independent fiscal institution. Strategic areas of action and policies are presented in order to promote transparency and efficiency in the allocation of public resources and to help restoring the credibility of public finances and reinforce its sustainability in the long run and to increase the government’s effectiveness in reducing budgetary imbalances. The section on public procurement focuses on three key reforms, in particular the use of the State Centralised Purchasing System by regional governments and the establishment of the General Directorate of Procurement Rationalisation and Centralisation as a unique central purchasing body; encouraging the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in public procurement; and developing a single platform for government.

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