Public Administration in the Balkans from Weberian Bureaucracy to New Public Management

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE BALKANS FROM WEBERIAN BUREAUCRACY TO NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, L. Matei & S. Flogaitis, eds., Economica Publishing House, 2011

324 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2011

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Lucica Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Spyridon Flogaitis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sylvia Archmann

Independent

Constantine A. Stephanou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Panagiotis Grigoriou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marija Kastelan Mrak

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

Davor Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Panagiotis Karkatsoulis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Margarita Shivergueva

Independent

Ivan Nachev

Independent

Vinko Kandžija

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

Davor Mance

University of Rijeka

Željka Tropina Godec

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Luminita Gabriela Popescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Diana-Camelia Iancu

Independent

Vassilios Kondylis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Vesna Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Martina Dragija

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mirjana Hladika

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kostantinos Tsimaras

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Calogero Marino

Independent

Ani I. Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Tatiana Camelia Dogaru

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Ivana Maletić

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roumiana Tsankova

Technical University-Sofia

Alexandra Iancu

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Denita Cepiku

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Department of Business Studies

Cristina Mititelu

Independent

Date Written: February 9, 2011

Abstract

The current volume reproduces papers presented in the Workshop which was organized in Athens, in February 2010 by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and the Faculty of Public Administration – National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA), Bucharest.

The workshop entitled “Public Administration in the Balkans – from Weberian bureaucracy to New Public Management” has aimed to reveal relevant aspects on the developments of national public administrations in some Balkan states related to the traditional or actual models of the administrative organization.

The organizers have proposed to approach theoretical and practical aspects focusing on Weberian bureaucracy and New Public Management (NPM).

In this context, the general framework of debates was based both on specificity of public administration in the Balkan states and the European integration process, particularly the enlargement of the European Administrative Space to the Balkan area.

As shown by a profound analysis in the papers, the characteristics of the public administrations are moreover diverse and get closer to the developments of the public administrations in Europe, such as the Mediterranean ones (Greece, Cyprus etc.) or those of the states in transition (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia etc.).

The interactions with different intensities between Weberianism and New Public Management emphasise, generally, the characteristics of “a new Weberian state” (NWS) for the Balkan states (Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2004, Meneguzzo et al, 2010), revealing a higher NPM impact (Cyprus, Greece, Croatia etc.) or a lower one (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia etc.).

NWS represents a metaphor describing a model that co-opts the passive elements of NPM, but on a Weberian foundation (Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2004, Brown, 1978). The fact that the Balkan states belong more or less explicit to NWS triggers their position in post-NPM era, thus the state remaining an important actor, able to facilitate the public-private dialogue and to sustain the processes for enhancing the effectiveness of public services and administration.

The public administration reforms in the Balkan states have targeted one or several European models of national administrations. Even if the concepts on reform comprise visible differences, the tradition, geo-political specificity, human and material resources have determined similarities and common characteristics, which could be emphasized in the development and actual status of administration in the Balkan states.

At the same time, the administrative reforms have already introduced elements that enable the administrations in the Balkan states to get closer to the features of “public governance.”

Herewith we refer mainly to participating in decision-making, introducing the elements of “neo-corporatism” governance etc.

The capacity of adaptation and openness represent a valuable feature of the Balkan administrations, most of them holding systemic connections of low intensity, thus being far away from what we call “strong administration”, found especially in the European developed states. Recent studies support the above ideas, referring to “main drivers of public administration modernization”, placing most Balkan states in the “very low” or “medium” area (Demmke et al., 2006). When referring to open government or ethics, the same studies place the Balkan states under the heading “very high influence.”

Based on the above assertions, the papers emphasize concrete issues that could be synthesized in some large categories: Balkan public administrations between tradition and modernity; National experiences on the impact of the administrative reforms in Balkan states; Myth or reality in considering “a Balkan model of public administration;” Administrative convergence and dynamics as support of the evolution towards a certain model; Assessing relevant case studies on enforcing NPM in local governance.

It is also worth to mention that the approach of the participants in the workshop has been marked by the institutional innovations and trends in European governance, the debates concerning the model and characteristics of the European administration etc.

The workshop was organized within the framework of Jean Monnet project “South-Eastern European developments on the administrative convergence and enlargement of the European Administrative Space in Balkan States” with the financial support of the European Community.

Keywords: Weberian Bureaucracy, New Public Management, Public Administration in Balkans

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Matei, Lucica and Flogaitis, Spyridon and Archmann, Sylvia and Stephanou, Constantine A. and Grigoriou, Panagiotis and Mrak, Marija Kastelan and Vašiček, Davor and Karkatsoulis, Panagiotis and Hlepas, Nikolaos-Komninos and Shivergueva, Margarita and Nachev, Ivan and Kandžija, Vinko and Mance, Davor and Godec, Željka Tropina and Popescu, Luminita Gabriela and Iancu, Diana-Camelia and Kondylis, Vassilios and Vašiček, Vesna and Dragija, Martina and Hladika, Mirjana and Tsimaras, Kostantinos and Marino, Calogero and Matei, Ani I. and Dogaru, Tatiana Camelia and Maletić, Ivana and Tsankova, Roumiana and Iancu, Alexandra and Cepiku, Denita and Mititelu, Cristina, Public Administration in the Balkans from Weberian Bureaucracy to New Public Management (February 9, 2011). PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE BALKANS FROM WEBERIAN BUREAUCRACY TO NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, L. Matei & S. Flogaitis, eds., Economica Publishing House, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758707

Lucica Matei (Contact Author)

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) ( email )

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Romania
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Spyridon Flogaitis

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Sylvia Archmann

Independent ( email )

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Constantine A. Stephanou

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Panagiotis Grigoriou

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Marija Kastelan Mrak

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Ivana Filipovića 4
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

Davor Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Panagiotis Karkatsoulis

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Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

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Margarita Shivergueva

Independent ( email )

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Ivan Nachev

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Vinko Kandžija

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Ivana Filipovića 4
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

Davor Mance

University of Rijeka ( email )

Hahlic 6
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

Željka Tropina Godec

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Luminita Gabriela Popescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Diana-Camelia Iancu

Independent ( email )

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Vassilios Kondylis

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Vesna Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Martina Dragija

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Mirjana Hladika

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Kostantinos Tsimaras

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Calogero Marino

Independent ( email )

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Ani I. Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) ( email )

6 Povernei street
Bucharest, 010643
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.snspa.ro

Tatiana Camelia Dogaru

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) ( email )

6 Povernei Street
Bucharest, 010643
Romania

Ivana Maletić

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Roumiana Tsankova

Technical University-Sofia ( email )

8 Kl. Ochridski bul.
Sofia, 1000
Bulgaria
+35929653243 (Phone)
+35929653487 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://fman.tu-sofia.bg

Alexandra Iancu

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) ( email )

Strada Povernei nr. 6
Sector 1
Bucharest, 010643
Romania

Denita Cepiku

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Department of Business Studies ( email )

Via Columbia 2
Rome, RM 00133
United States

Cristina Mititelu

Independent ( email )

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