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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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Recommendations

Creating an environment for continuous improvement

This section provides recommendations in order to exploit the full potential and synergies of the reform agenda of the Spanish government. Despite the wide range of reforms being advanced, additional initiatives and steps could be taken to leverage critical success factors described in the CORA. Each of the recommendations makes reference to the different themes and dimensions of the reform package, such as digital government, human resources management, procurement, transparency, Better Regulation, public finance, multilevel co-operation and the rationalisation of the public administrations. This section illustrates new areas of opportunity and courses of action towards a whole-of-government approach and long-term vision.

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