Administrative Convergence and Reforms in South-Eastern European States Analyses, Models and Comparative Studies

South-Eastern European Administrative Studies, 2011

ASsee Online Working Paper No. 2/2011

203 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011

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Ani I. Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Panagiotis Grigoriou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lucica Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Oana Stoian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tatiana Camelia Dogaru

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Diana Zanoschi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Margarita Shivergueva

Independent

Davor Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Saša Drezgić

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

Ivana Maletić

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lidija Pernar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Željka Tropina Godec

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Davor Mance

University of Rijeka

Spyridon Flogaitis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andreas Pottakis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 7, 2011

Abstract

The fundamental idea of the current publication emphasizes the characteristics of the processes related to administrative convergence and reform in the South-Eastern states. Of course the area under review is quite wide and complex and therefore our approach aims to comprise only a few characteristics.

Encompassing various geo-political aspects, political heritages enhancing that diversity as well as endemic socio-cultural traditions, the public administrations in the South-Eastern European states have faced a definite option for restoring democracy and accomplishing reforms according to the principles and values of the European Administrative Space, in the past two decades.

For the time being other questions emerge and others remain still open. Which is the most adequate model for the administrative reform, which are the most efficient mechanisms and tools triggering its accomplishment and implementation?

Lacking a formalized acquis communautaire on the processes related to administrative reform, their diversity has enhanced and the conditions for so called administrative convergence have multiplied. The research reports achieved and presented in the current publication emphasize the progress in implementing the democratic processes of central and local governance which do not lead however to convergence, being definitely relevant for the processes related to administrative dynamics.

Various political experiences undergone by the states under review in the second half of the 20th century have induced attitudes and behaviours mainly of subordination and loss of identity of the organizations in national public administrations. That situation persisting in the South-Eastern European space creates difficulties and unbalances in the dialogue and cooperation with the public administrations of Western European states. The state itself is weak, determining a lack of finality for the administrative reforms. The processes of administrative convergence have become more complex and complicate as the EU administration is searching a model and it is attempting to define an identity.

The traditional models of administration, based on a hierarchic bureaucracy are overcome and the model of EU administration could not be found by a transfer or enlargement of an administrative model belonging to one or several states.

Therefore, we should acknowledge that the processes related to administrative convergence and reform are profoundly integrated in a complex context, with globalizing valences, benefiting of profound mechanisms, enhancing the interdependence and systemic character of the developments of national public administrations.

The current volume incorporates contributions of South-Eastern European universities (National School of Political Studies and Public Administration – Romania, New Bulgarian University – Bulgaria, University of the Aegean - Greece or University of Rijeka – Croatia, as well as of international organizations – European Public Law Organization – Greece. In the above briefly described context, the studies reveal both comparative aspects, strategies of administrative reform or significant developments of administrative convergence and 6 South-Eastern European Administrative Studies 6 conceptual models aimed to contribute to the debates on EU administrative and organizational future or contemporary developments of EU administrative law.

The reports were achieved in the framework of Jean Monnet project "South-Eastern European developments on the administrative convergence and enlargement of the European Administrative Space in Balkan states" and provide an overview close to the realities on specificity of administrative processes in South-Eastern European states.

Keywords: administrative convergence, South-Eastern European States, administrative reforms, EU administrative law

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Matei, Ani I. and Grigoriou, Panagiotis and Matei, Lucica and Stoian, Oana and Dogaru, Tatiana Camelia and Zanoschi, Diana and Shivergueva, Margarita and Vašiček, Davor and Drezgić, Saša and Maletić, Ivana and Pernar, Lidija and Godec, Željka Tropina and Mance, Davor and Flogaitis, Spyridon and Pottakis, Andreas, Administrative Convergence and Reforms in South-Eastern European States Analyses, Models and Comparative Studies (April 7, 2011). South-Eastern European Administrative Studies, 2011, ASsee Online Working Paper No. 2/2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1805320

Ani I. Matei (Contact Author)

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

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Panagiotis Grigoriou

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Lucica Matei

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

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

Oana Stoian

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Tatiana Camelia Dogaru

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

6 Povernei Street
Bucharest, 010643
Romania

Diana Zanoschi

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Margarita Shivergueva

Independent ( email )

Davor Vašiček

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Saša Drezgić

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Rijeka, 51000
Croatia
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+385 51 355129 (Fax)

Ivana Maletić

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Lidija Pernar

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Željka Tropina Godec

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Davor Mance

University of Rijeka ( email )

Hahlic 6
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

Spyridon Flogaitis

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Andreas Pottakis

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