A Case Study in Political Clientelism: Romania's Policy-Making Mayhem
14 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2010 Last revised: 15 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 3, 2010
The goal of creating a process based on rational, evidence based policymaking has not succeeded in Romania despite the existence of all formal institutions which could facilitate such a process. There is one essential feature which did not change after Romania’s EU accession: the state did not manage to gain more - in fact, sufficient - autonomy towards political parties to be able to organize itself at least at a medium level of authority as a modern policymaking agent. EU accession did not manage to improve Romania’s governance, bringing instead new resources for badly planned and clientelistic public spending.
Keywords: EU Accession, World Bank, Good Governance, Romania, Policy Formulation, Evidence-Based Policymaking
JEL Classification: A00
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