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Spain: From Administrative Reform to Continuous Improvement
||This publication gives a positive assessment of Spain’s CORA (Commission on Public Administration Reform) agenda and says few countries have put forward such ambitious and comprehensive plans for public reform. The review warns that the reforms must be an ongoing project, not a one-off exercise, and suggests giving citizens a bigger voice in the process – using social media to communicate and seek feedback – as a way to enhance trust. It also notes that support from sub-national governments will be crucial.
The review praises the fact the reform plans are geared towards boosting growth and productivity rather than only to cutting costs or reducing headcount. It underlines the central role this package plays within the set of structural reforms undertaken by the Spanish government. Finally, it notes that Spain’s high degree of decentralisation makes it important to take a “whole-of-government” approach to ensure adequate co-ordination and integration.