1st Edition

Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia

    376 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Although it has been more than 20 years since Communism crumbled in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, many scholars and politicians still wonder what the lifting of the Iron Curtain has really meant for these former Communist countries. And, because these countries were largely closed off to the world for so long, there has yet to be an all-inclusive study on their administrative systems—until now.

    In Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries: Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia, expert contributors supply a comprehensive overview and analysis of public administration in their respective post-Communist countries. They illustrate each country’s transformation from an authoritarian system of governance into a modern, market-based, and in some cases, democratic government.

    The book covers the countries that were officially part of the Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan); those that were theoretically independent but were subject to Soviet-dominated Communist rule (Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Poland); as well as a satellite republic that was under significant Soviet influence (Mongolia).

    Each chapter includes a brief introduction to the specific country, an overview of politics and administration, and discussions on key aspects of public management and administration—including human resource management, public budgeting, financial management, corruption, accountability, political and economic reform, civil society, and prospects for future development in the region. The book concludes by identifying common themes and trends and pinpointing similarities and differences to supply you with a broad comparative perspective.

    Introduction: Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States—Common Legacy and Challenge of the Post-Communist Era; Saltanat Liebert, Stephen E. Condrey, and Dmitry Goncharov
    Ukrainian Public Management: Top-Down or Bottom-Up Reform?; Stephen E. Condrey, Svitlana Slava, R. Paul Battaglio, and Mykola Palinchak
    Public Administration in Russia; Dmitry Goncharov and Anton Shirikov
    Public Sector Reforms in Kazakhstan; Aigerim R. Ibrayeva and Tamara Nezhina
    Public Administration in Kyrgyzstan; Saltanat Liebert and Medet Tiulegenov
    Public Administration in Georgia; Nino Dolidze, Ilia Jobava, Elizabeth Sopromadze, Nino Loladze, Tea Lola dze, Lana Ovsia nnikova, Zhana Antia, George Mzhavanadze, and Tea Sonishvili
    Post-Communist Public Administration in Lithuania; Saulius Pivoras
    Public Administration Developments and Practices in Estonia; Georg Sootla and Sulev Lääne
    Republic of Moldova: Toward a European Administration; Lucica Matei
    Public Administration in Romania: Historical Milestones and Daily Realities; Ani Matei
    Public Administration in Bulgaria; Margarita Shivergueva
    Hungarian Public Administration: From Transition to Consolidation; István Ványolós and György Hajnal
    Public Administration in Poland; Jacek Czaputowicz and Marcin Sakowicz
    Public Administration in Mongolia; Tsedev Damiran and Richard Pratt
    Conclusion: Public Administration in Former Soviet States—Two Decades of Different Ways; Saltanat Liebert, Stephen E. Condrey, and Dmitry Goncharov


    Saltanat Liebert is an Assistant professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Central Asian Studies, and Central Eurasian Studies Review, as well as in edited volumes including Migration and Remittances: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (World Bank), Trafficking and the Global Sex Industry (Lexington Books), and In the Tracks of Tamerlane: Central Asia’s Path to the 21st Century (National Defense University Press). Her first book, Irregular Migration from the Former Soviet Union to the United States, was published by Routledge in 2009. Saltanat’s current research interests include civil service reforms in post-Communist countries, corruption, labor migration, and immigration policy. She earned a PhD in Public Administration at American University in Washington, DC.

    Stephen E. Condrey is the president of Condrey and Associates, Inc., president-elect of the American Society for Public Administration, and editor-in-chief of the Review of Public Personnel Administration. His publications have appeared in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, The American Review of Public Administration, and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government (third edition). His research interests include public human resource management and public management. He holds a PhD from the University of Georgia.

    Dmitry Goncharov is a professor in the department of political science, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. His publications have appeared in Russian journals such as Polis and Poleteia. His current research interests include post-Communist civil society, post-Communist public administration, elections in hybrid regimes, and Russian sub-national politics. He holds a doctor of sciences degree (in political science) from St. Petersburg State University.