Decentralisation and Regionalisation in Bulgaria

Towards Balanced Regional Development

Bulgaria has made solid progress in its territorial governance and socio-economic development. Yet, it has not been able to counteract large and increasing territorial disparities. Doing so will require addressing remaining structural challenges that may be limiting further transformation, government performance and regional resilience. It will also depend on shifting from a centrally-designed approach to regional development policy to one that incorporates subnational input and carefully considers regional specificities. Such a shift, coupled with a revitalised multi-level governance model to strengthen regional and municipal governance, could generate more balanced regional development and inclusive growth in Bulgaria. This multi-level governance study considers the avenues Bulgarian national and subnational authorities could take to ensure more place-based regional development and governance. It emphasises a comprehensive, yet incremental, approach to decentralisation and regionalisation reforms to generate more effective and balanced regional development.

Available from February 23, 2021

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
The context: Strong socio-economic progress, yet large territorial disparities
Bulgaria’s multi-level governance system: A diagnosis
Avenues towards place-based regional policy and governance
Annexes2 chapters available
Regional government responsibilities in EU and OECD unitary countries
New polarisation coefficient as an indicator of territorial disparities
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