Administrative Simplification and Local Finance -- International Compared Experiences -- Portugal
14 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2015
Date Written: June 24, 2012
The paper discusses the reform of local administration strict sensu in Portugal which does not truly comprehend the reorganization of those non-elected de-concentrated local bodies or institutions. This reform of local administration involves four essential vectors: (i) the local public undertakings; (ii) the organization of the territory; (iii) municipal, inter-municipal management and its financing and (iv) local democracy. The overall purpose of such ongoing reform is to promote new parameters of fiscal responsibility and to enhance the efficiency of the various levels of public administration. In spite of such overriding goals there is reason to believe that their level of densensification, conception and, consequently their predictable level of fulfillment, are very uneven. There is a clear lack of diagnosis of the main problems and blocking factors or intrinsic obstacles to reform and, furthermore, many of the very diverse, ambitious and rhetoric objectives delineated in the policy papers and master-documents embodying this reform are contradictory.
Keywords: administrative simplification; administrative reform; local administration; fiscal responsibility
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