Towards a New Partnership with Citizens

Jordan's Decentralisation Reform

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This assessment provides an evidence-based analysis of the ongoing decentralisation reforms in Jordan from the perspective of the principles and practices of open government. It covers topics such as enhancing the role of the centre of government in driving reform, enabling effective public service delivery at the local level, and the potential and expected impact of the country’s decentralisation reforms on Jordan’s open government agenda.



The Spanish decentralisation model

In just thirty years, Spain has evolved from a state with a highly centralised territorial model to a multi-layered state that consists of the national government, the autonomous communities and local government. This state structure founded upon autonomous communities was established in 1978. Certain elements may be in need of adaptation to reflect the historical, political and economic evolution that Spain has undergone since then (including alterations in matters such as the definition of autonomous communities’ powers and changes in how they are financed, and the institutional design of local government). However, some instruments within this state system have proven themselves effective in the process of decentralisation.


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