Posts Tagged ‹Romania

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Strengthening civil society beyond the ‘assistance-for-democratization’ era. Lessons from Romania

This article investigates the puzzling observation that, despite the vigorous mass protests that have taken place since 2012 and mobilized Romanian civil society against attempts to implement unpopular policies in fields such as health, environment or justice, and which have led to the fall of two cabinets, the non-governmental organization...
Friday, October 9th, 2015

Government engagement in co-operative service delivery in Romania: knowledge and acknowledgement

This paper approaches the engagement of successive Romanian governments with service delivery by third sector organisations and uses policy discourse to assess governance practices associated with collaborative service delivery. The topic is approached by a theoretically-informed qualitative analysis of policy documents spanning a decade. Results point out that the most...
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Risks of corruption and the management of EU funds in Romania

The suspension of EU payments in four operational programmes in 2012 showed how problematic Romania’s correct and effective management of EU funds is. Such funds aim primarily at decreasing the socio-economic disparities among EU members and support the economic convergence of less developed new EU members with their Western counterparts....
Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Creating a citizen centric administration through eGovernment in Romania

Abstract By trying to stop and reverse the effects of the economic crisis, governments resort to new methods of clarifying and communicating public services. eGovernment has the necessary capacity to attain such a desideratum. Although it does not represent a cure in itself, eGovernment may be successfully implemented using marketing....
Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Romania under EU Influence: Note on the Constitutive Limits of External Constitutional Interventions

Abstract Constitutionalization occurred in the past primarily by way of referential and jurisdictionally confined forms of approximation of constitutional transplants. The erosion of classical, government-related constitutionalism and the countervailing appearance of quasi-constitutional structures of governance beyond the nation-state have dramatically changed the original paradigm and, by implication, the conditions for the...
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

How Can Romania Meet European Requirements in the Field of Energy?

Abstract The Romanian energy market suffers from structural flaws, which pre-date the beginning of liberalization. Although the restructuring process by breaking-up vertical monopolies (damaging for competition and for competitiveness at the same time) started off relatively early - 1998 for electricity, 2000 for gas, uncompetitive commercial practices and damaging administrative decisions...
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Clientelism: Electoral Forms and Functions in the Romanian Case Study

ABSTRACT The ambition of the study is to provide a description of the forms and functions of clientelism, thus looking at the differences between “rural” forms of clientelism that still rely on familiar brokerage, and their implications in terms of the power status of local bosses, and the “urban” forms of...
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Some Histories Stay Secret, but not Entirely Silent: Dealing with the Communist Past in Central and Eastern Europe

Abstract: From 2004 onwards, a second wave of lustration proposals emerged throughout Central and Eastern Europe, at a time when EU accession already started. Among the post-communist states, Poland, already an EU member state, extended the purpose of its previous lustration law in 2006. The same year marked the heated...
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The Ideological Institutionalization of the Romanian Party System

Twenty years after the fall of communism and the rebirth of multiparty politics in Central and Eastern Europe, the party systems evolved from high levels of fragmentation and volatility characterizing the 1990’s (Mair 1997; Rose et al. 1998; Lewis 2000; Birch 2001; van Biezen 2003) to a general continuity and...
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Beyond perception. Has Romania’s governance improved after 2004?

Post-communist countries embarked on their EU accession path with Transparency International scores below the lowest level in Western Europe and their culture was frequently described as entirely corrupt. Surveys on bribing cannot fully capture the systemic nature of East European corruption, which can be defined best as governance by particularism...

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