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Public Administration in Central Europe
Ideas as Causes of Reforms

Edited By

Stanisław Mazur

ISBN 9780367251963
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
314 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the extent to which recent transformations of administrative systems and public management mechanisms in Central European (CE) countries serve the purpose of providing effective and efficient public institutions, high quality of public services, respect for the rule of law, and the citizens’ trust in the state.

It details the reasons behind the major differences in the modernisation paths followed and their attendant inconsistencies and how, despite the adoption of values and solutions prevailing in the EU upon accession, these countries are shifting, to varying degrees, towards institutional design reminiscent of illiberal democracies. Taking a comparative approach and based on rich original data, it applies theoretical models to explain the nature and implications of the processes under consideration and identifies the determinants that impact upon the transformation of public administration systems and its consequences.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of public governance, public administration and policy, East European studies, and more broadly politics, law, sociology but also economy.

Table of Contents


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Part I: Introduction

1. The Singularity of Central Europe?

Jacek Purchla

2. From Stalinism to Liberal Democracy: A recent history of administration in the V4 countries

Rafał Matyja

Part II: Ideational Basis for the Emergence of Institutions and Institutional Reforms

3. How Ideas and Institutions Mutually Affect Each Other

Jerzy Hausner and Michał Możdżeń

4. The Competition of Ideas and Ideational Disruption

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5. The Background, Direction, Ideas, Triggers, and Durability of Public Sector Reforms: A conceptual analysis of the EU28 and the Visegrád 4

Frits van der Meer and Gerrit Dijkstra

Part III: Public Administration Relations with the Environment

6. Politicians and Bureaucrats in Central and Eastern Europe: Governance with increased politicisation

B. Guy Peters

7. Modes of Governance in the Visegrád Countries

Piotr Kopyciński

8. Between Compliance and Systemic Change: Evaluation practice in eight CEE countries

Tomasz Kupiec, Dominika Wojtowicz, and Karol Olejniczak

9. Relations with Interest Groups and Corruption in the V4 Countries

Emília Sičáková-Beblavá and Miroslav Beblavý

10. Populism in the Visegrád Group Countries

Jolanta Itrich-Drabarek and Przemysław Kisiel

Part IV: Management Reforms in Public Administration

11. Public Administration Structures

Arnošt Veselý

12. Public Financial Management

Dawid Sześciło

13. Local Government in the V4 Countries: Heyday, stability or retreat?

Jarosław Bober and Andrzej Kozina

Part V: Reconceptualization: The Role of Competition of Ideas in PA Reform

14. Interrupted Progress: Towards an understanding of causes of institutional disruption

Krzysztof Głuc and Michał Żabiński

15. Institutional Change and Increasing Ambivalence of Reform Effects and Reform Outcomes

Christoph Demmke

16. A Review of Administrative Reforms in the V4 Countries

Stanisław Mazur and Piotr Kopyciński


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Stanisław Mazur is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Public Policies and Dean of the College of Public Economy and Administration at Cracow University of Economics, Poland.