A regionalização do continente português: um processo conturbado

Translated title of the contribution: The regionalization of the Portuguese mainland: a tumultuous process

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Enshrined as regions in the 1976 Constitution, the outcome of the 1998 referendum became a significant obstacle to its implementation on the Portuguese mainland. Since then, several attempts have been made to either terminate the process, replace it with an alternative, or revive it. In this chapter, we delve into the principle of subsidiarity and consider how regionalization, within the context of broader state reform, could contribute to a more democratic and functional mental or theoretical state. Subsequently, we discuss the tumultuous process of state reform and decentralization in Portugal since 1998, evaluating the current government’s decentralization package in light of recommendations from the OECD and the Independent Commission for Decentralization (CID). The results indicate that the government’s decentralization package partially aligns with these recommendations. Little is said about the inherent reorganization of the central state and the Metropolitan Areas of Lisbon and Porto. The government’s preference is for the direct election of restructured CCDRs rather than intermunicipal entities. However, electing them through municipalities may pose an obstacle
Translated title of the contributionThe regionalization of the Portuguese mainland: a tumultuous process
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationRegionalização e descentralização em Portugal
Subtitle of host publicationreforma do estado, aprofundamento da democracia e desenvolvimento
EditorsJ. Cadima Ribeiro
Place of PublicationBraga
PublisherUMinho Editora
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789899074064
ISBN (Print)9789899074057
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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