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ERIC Number: ED503806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-21
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Getting the Most Out of Public Sector Decentralisation in Spain. OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 436
Joumard, Isabelle; Giorno, Claude
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
In about two decades, Spain was transformed from one of the most centralised countries to one of the most decentralised. Spending functions were devolved rapidly. Following the rapid decentralisation to the regions since the early 1980s, the sub-national authorities now have more staff to manage than the central government and have responsibilities for spending on education, the social services and health. The regions have exercised their discretionary powers quite extensively and innovative policies have been implemented. But devolution was also accompanied by a hike in public employment and pressures on public spending, reflecting duplication in resources and poor co-ordination across and between government levels. The recent devolution of taxing powers could raise the accountability of the regions and, thus, cost-consciousness, although their effective use has been limited. Securing fiscal discipline would require better information on sub-national governments' policies and outcomes so as to allow citizens to press for improved performance. The financing system of the regions also needs to be reformed to ensure sustainability in the face of changing demographics, while the fiscal rules need to be upgraded to avoid recourse to off-budget operations. (Contains 13 figures, 4 tables, 6 boxes, 43 notes, and a bibliography.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Location: Spain