Decentralisation and Regionalisation in Portugal

What Reform Scenarios?

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This report has been prepared by the OECD upon request by the Portuguese Independent Commission for Decentralisation. Decentralisation and regionalisation reforms have recently emerged on the Portugal’s policy agenda, with two main objectives: assigning more tasks to municipalities and strengthening regional level governance. The report presents a diagnosis of Portugal multi-level governance in international perspectives and highlights the strengths and challenges of the system. It then presents three potential policy paths of regional reform for Portugal. As the options are not mutually exclusive, they could work as complements to each other. The report analyses the conditions under which the reforms may deliver more economic efficiency and regional equity.



Ways forward in the process of decentralisation in Portugal

This section starts by summarising some international experiences for a successful territorial and institutional restructuring. After this, the chapter presents three scenarios for enhanced decentralisation in Portugal. The scenarios presented in this chapter are by no means exhaustive, and should not be seen as pure alternative recommendations. In a sense, the alternatives are partly nested and complementary to each other. The options presented should be seen as basis for further discussion and possible further investigation.


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