The current economic and social crisis calls for new practices within the public administration: an increase in its productivity could be obtained by the mobilization of social energies and the diffusion of leadership capacities. Spending review, performance management and evaluation of public policies are separate activities that converge in view of reaching the objective of "doing more and better with less". For each of these activities it is necessary to decide which method to apply. If the democratic alternative prevailed in each of them, it would be possible to overcome those conditions (centralism, legalism, compliance) that are at the origin of the present crisis, and that would be reinforced were those activities conducted according to the traditional way.
Keywords: Spending review, performance management, evaluation of public policies, centralism, democratic evaluation.