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A seminar game to analyze regional governance options for by James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development

By James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation

Exhibits the result of a sequence of seminar video games simulating the choice decentralization schemes being reflected to assist illiminate the answer that will bring about a extra effective executive.

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Um terceiro campo, que também recolhe muitos apoios, argumenta que o próprio referendo é discutível por as perguntas não estarem capazmente formuladas. Um Seminário de Prospectiva para Informar o Debate Neste ambiente político - onde há diversidade de opinião mas fraco consenso sobre os resultados da escolha - pareceu interessante a hipótese de explorar as possibilidades das diferentes alternativas de regionalização através da realização de um Seminário de prospectiva. Uma comparação de opiniões informadas sobre o modo como Portugal funcionaria no quadro de diferentes modelos de descentralização poderia contribuir para informar o debate público, sobretudo se desse uma imagem mais concreta de possíveis resultados da adopção das propostas contidas nas Leis 56/91 e 19/98 ou de outras alternativas de descentralização.

Our participants agreed that the financial structure of Portuguese taxation should not change, and that there should be a national formula to determine the share of each identified local unit. Moreover, they agreed that more money must be made available to local government to spend. While the details of the national formula (distribution plan) need not be part of the referendum debate, attention should be paid to the amount of money to be available to regional administration (and in turn to municipalities and parishes) and the autonomy in spending that money that the regional administrations would have.

Page xviii Resumo A 8 de Novembro de 1998, os Portugueses vão ser chamados a referendar a instituição de regiões administrativas, que se apresentam como uma estrutura intermediária de poder, entre o governo central e os municípios. O referendo confrontará o eleitor com duas perguntas : 1. Concorda com a instituição em concreto das regiões administrativas? 2. Concorda com a instituição em concreto da região administrativa da sua área de recenseamento eleitoral? A primeira pergunta refere-se indirectamente à lei 56/91, que prevê a instituição de Assembleias Regionais, eleitas em parte por sufrágio directo e em parte por representantes designados pelas Assembleias Municipais abrangidas pela região proposta.

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