By James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation
Exhibits the result of a chain of seminar video games simulating the choice decentralization schemes being pondered to assist illiminate the answer that will result in a extra effective executive.
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Instead, many of the competencies of the central government devolved to the municipalities. Although there were no formal regional organs of government, the municipalities self-organized on an issue-by-issue basis to better coordinate their efforts. Page x Scenario C: Regional decision centers. This scenario attempted to provide an alternative that provided for some regional autonomy, but did not have the specific structure of Law 56/91 or the eight regions of Law 19/98. In this scenario, seven regional decision centers were created, representing the two metropolitan areas of Lisboa and Porto plus the five central coordinating regions (CCRs) currently in place for Portugal's economic and social regional development programs with the European Union.
A third camp, also containing many supporters, argues that the referendum itself is flawed because the questions posed are poorly formulated. A Seminar Game to Inform the Debate In this political environmentwhere there is diversity of opinion but little consensus on the outcomes of the policy choicethe use of seminar gaming to explore the possibilities of different regionalization alternatives is attractive. A comparison of informed opinions of how Portugal might function under several proposed decentralization schemes might inform the regionalization debate by providing a more concrete picture of the likely results of adopting the proposal of Laws 56/91 and 19/98 or alternative means of decentralization.
There is a significant question in the minds of many Portuguese voters of what this change in governance would mean. The arguments invoked in favor of or against regionalization often sound the same. Although the referendum debate is beginning to follow party lines, with the PS (Socialist Party) sponsoring advertisements for a "yes" vote and the PSD (Social Democratic Party) sponsoring advertisements for voting "no," prominent people across the political spectrum can be found in both camps. A third camp, also containing many supporters, argues that the referendum itself is flawed because the questions posed are poorly formulated.
A seminar game to analyze regional governance options for Portugal by James P. Kahan, RAND Europe, Luso-American Development Foundation