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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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Raising Spain's productivity through better regulation

This chapter discusses the CORA initiatives dealing with Better Regulation and administrative simplification. While making a positive evaluation of the simplification initiatives, the chapter argues in favour of reviewing and improving the mechanisms to control the flow of regulations (i.e., consultation and Regulatory Impact Analysis) and developing a culture of Better Regulation throughout the public administrations. Likewise, the chapter analyses the institutional and governance challenges for Better Regulation, highlighting the need to assess how the functions usually undertaken by a regulatory oversight body are being performed in Spain. Finally, this chapter calls for Autonomous Communities and local entities to adopt Better Regulation policies and tools, as a mechanism to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

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