American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

The Municipal Development Plan: an Empirical Study on the Assessment of the Involvement of Stakeholders in Morocco Case of Tangier and Assilah

As part of the reforms undertaken by the Moroccan government in the past decade, Morocco has opted for the adoption of a new strategic approach to the exercise of local authority. This new visionary approach is marked by the establishment of municipal development plan on nation-wide territorial grounds. This presentation aims to offer an analysis and evaluation of the involvement of stakeholders in the process of a participatory and consistent planning founded on a strategic vision that defines, circumscribes and delimits the effective roles of local authorities, epitomized by the established framework of Municipal Development Plan (MDP.) This is meant to study the illustrating attributes and illuminating variables of success and failure that emerge during the development as well as the implementation of Municipal Development Plan. In the context of restructuring public action, where municipal managerial approaches and governance practices are rather standardized through collective and participatory action, the focus is on the problematic question of how reports about local stakeholders’ actions and the significant relations between them are defined, structured and established, which are generally assumed to be underrepresented. The initial results offer ample chances to provide a generic definition of strategic planning in its territorial dimensions and to highlight its implications at the level of implementation in the public sector, namely in defining the new roles of local authorities. Yet, it is important, on the other hand, to look at how the construction of evaluation variables and analysis tools affect the way all the dimensions involved in the process of territorial strategic planning, as epitomized by the MDP , shape up its significance.

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