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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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Strengthening transparency and building trust in government in Spain

This chapter highlights how transparency is addressed in the CORA reforms and other related initiatives, such as the Budgetary Stability and Financial Sustainability Act. It also analyses the Law for Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance and refers to international principles and standards to be included in any freedom of information law as well as guidance on its implementation. Finally, it discusses the Democratic Regeneration Plan (Plan de Regeneración Democrática, DRP) highlighting its three broad policy areas: i) the financial and economic activity of political parties; ii) the exercise of public office; and iii) criminal and procedural measures to combat corruption.

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