Decentralizing the second Spanish decentralization. District Boards of the City of Madrid. The Moratalaz District as a case study.

Dr. Daniel Casal

The existence of the Municipal District Boards in the City of Madrid, responds to a double need: to increase the proximity of the provision of municipal services and improve the citizen participation of neighbors. The paper analyzes how the District Boards of the Madrid City Council, which were reorganized and enhanced since 1979, do not complete these two missions. In particular from the adaptation of the governance structure of the Madrid City Council to the Law of Large Cities in 2004.

To this end, this research analyzes whether the City Council of Madrid has a model of Relational Government and what is understood by local governance in Madrid, as if the design, management and provision of services are close or far from citizens. The investigation analyzes the Moratalaz District as a case study, because it is a District of Madrid that, due to its peripheral situation, would justify the existence of a Municipal Board and that has social, electoral and demographic indicators similar to the average of the city.