NISPAcee Annual Conference
Tallinn University of Technology
Politics of Fiscal Consolidation in Europe: A Comparative Analysis
Paper files are available only for conference participants, please
Abstract not available
The paper aims to identify both systemic reform trends in public administration as well as changes in patterns of public management occurring during the retrenchment and immediate years following the cutbacks on the basis of 13-country study in Europe. It is of our interest to investigate how has the fiscal crisis affected public administration reforms and public management patterns.
The paper will be based on the results of a research project Coordination for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS, www.cocops.eu), funded by the EU 7th Framework Program. COCOPS Work Package 7 is titled “The global financial crisis in the public sector as an emerging coordination challenge”, and has been led by the authors of this paper. Findings from qualitative research will be supplemented by the relevant results of the COCOPS Executive Survey on Public Sector Reform in Europe. The survey targeted top-level decision makers and civil servants and was sent to more than 21,000 European senior civil servants in 2012.
Preliminary findings indicate that the effects of the fiscal crisis on reform of the administration were mainly related to the size and extent of the expenditure cutbacks, especially the cuts on the administration itself. Countries which were most severely hit by the crisis and had to carry out most cutbacks did also experience structural reforms. This was most visible in countries where the crisis could not be solved by national government but had to be bailed out by IMF, ECB or EU, and the financial assistance was conditioned upon imposed reforms.