By James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation
Indicates the result of a sequence of seminar video games simulating the choice decentralization schemes being reflected to aid illiminate the answer that might bring about a extra effective executive.
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Generally, people were willing to accept Scenario A. Although the general concept of Scenario B was acceptable, there was sometimes Page xii difficulty accepting competencies devolving to municipalities. While the cancellation of the referendum and the concept of the regional decision centers of Scenario C met with no objection, some participants found that the scenario was not well-enough specified to assess and did not understand how it was intended to work. Although specific elements of each scenario (for example, specifics regarding competencies) encountered resistance from time to time, these elements varied from game session to game session.
The referendum will pose two questions: 1. Do you agree with the concrete plan to institute administrative regions? 2. Do you agree with the concrete plan to institute an administrative region in the area where you vote? The first question refers indirectly to Law 56/91, which called for the establishment of regional assemblies, partially elected by direct vote and partially appointed by the municipal governments in the region. The regional assemblies would have no legislative powers, but would appoint and ratify the decisions of a regional administration.
Antes e depois dos Seminários, a equipa beneficiou das opiniões do Conselho Consultivo do Projecto, que reúne personalidades do mundo político e académico, bem como do conselho da Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento. Page xxi Cenários Os cenários desenhados dividiam-se em dois grupos, designados por Quadros Gerais (cenários externos) e Quadros Específicos (cenários de descentralização). Foram construídas duas versões do Quadro Geral, uma apresentando um futuro de prosperidade para Portugal e a Europa, e outra pintando um quadro de crise económica.
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