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Title: Constraints on political autonomy in decentralized Spain? Analysing the impact of territorial financing and governments' ideology on regional policy-making
Author: Gallego Calderón, Raquel
Barbieri, Nicolás
Gispert Brosa, Cristina de
González, Sheila
Vilalta, Maite
Keywords: Descentralització administrativa
Administració pública
Finances autonòmiques
Política sanitària
Decentralization in government
Public administration
Autonomic public finance
Medical policy
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales
Abstract: This article analyses the impact of state decentralization on one aspect of territorial diversity, specifically on the policy discretion of regions, as an expression of their political autonomy for self-government. Our interest focuses on the factors that determine the decisions and actions of regional governments in developing their policies. We ask: why do regional governments take different public policy options? Conceding that several factors help explain policy decisions (such as productive structure, government ideology, social capital, political context, budgetary resources), we choose to explore the impact of two of them, by asking: in what way, and to what extent, are policy decisions and actions conditioned by the financing model and by their different ideologies? We present quantitative and qualitative comparative evidence from two contrasting case studies: two regions in decentralized Spain that have developed their own policies of income and spending, and have translated them into differing public management policies and regulatory models for providing health services. These governments are ideologically different and have undergone different degrees of recent ideological changes, but the resources provided to them by the financing model have also been different. We show how resources determine the scope of governments' actions, while ideology determines their direction.
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It is part of: Revista de Estudios Politicos, 2018, num. 180, p. 131-162
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ISSN: 0048-7694
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