By James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation
Indicates the result of a chain of seminar video games simulating the choice decentralization schemes being meditated to assist illiminate the answer that might bring about a extra effective executive.
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Therefore, mechanisms should be put in place to ensure national solidarity and cohesion. If regionalization is to take place, then the central government has an important role in monitoring its effect and should act to mitigate inequities that might arise. Implications for the Regionalization Debate The major objective of the seminar gaming exercise reported here is to inform the debate surrounding the forthcoming referendum on regionalization. Perhaps the most important finding in this regard is the often-stated remark by participants that improvements in the information supply with respect to the referendum are necessary.
The referendum is focused on only one particular form of decentralizationas embodied in Laws 56/91 and 19/88and this is perhaps unfortunate. The details of that particular form, which include the number and location of the regions and the establishment of the directly elected regional assembly, mask the essential question of the functioning of any regional Page xvi administrative body and how such a body would exercise its competencies and interact with both the central government and its constituent municipalities.
Set 1: The nature and allocation of government financing for different levels of government. Set 2: Key characteristics of the functioning of the Portuguese government, including the degree of bureaucratization and regulation, the responsiveness of the government to the citizens' needs, access of citizens to the needed services, the need for coordination within the Portuguese government and the complexity of policy formulation and implementation. Set 3: The way in which the government will deal with specific competencies; specific areas queried included education, environment, health care and disaster management.
A seminar game to analyze regional governance options for Portugal by James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation