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The Story behind Western Advice to Central Europe during its Transition Period

Iwona Sobis, Michiel S. de Vries

Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-80-89013-45-6

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Approximately 40 billion US $ went to the Central and East European countries in the form of technical assistance during their transition between 1990 – 2004. This book argues that much of this assistance was ineffective and traces the causes thereof. It follows the money and blame through the aid-chain of recipients, foreign advisors, donor-organizations and responsible politicians. Based on in-depth case-studies it concludes that it is due to the structure in which technical assistance is embedded, that professionals who care, listen, and have clients’ interests in mind, flee away, while professionals, who just want to do their trick and make money, without caring about the impact of their work, have entered this business.

Because this book combines the research into this problem with an overview of relevant social science theories, it is not only of interest for practitioners in the field but also for bachelor and master students in development studies, public administration, political and social sciences.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
PART I
POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFORMATION: CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS AND THE ROLE OF NISPAcee

INTRODUCTION
GYÖRGY JENEI
 
SECTION I.A
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW: 20 YEARS OF TRANSITION
 
OVERVIEW OF NISPAcee AND SOME OF ITS MANY FACES: FROM HOFBURG
(1992) TO OHRID (2012)
MIRKO VINTAR
TRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION: THE LAST 20 YEARS AND THE ROLE OF NISPAcee
GYÖRGY JENEI
ISLAMIC PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – THE MISSING DIMENSION IN NISPAcee RESEARCH ?
WOLFGANG DRECHSLER
POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM IN CENTRAL AND
EASTERN EUROPE: MUCH ACCOMPLISHED, BUT WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ?
ALLAN ROSENBAUM
EXPLAINING THE INCIDENCE OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM IN EASTERN
EUROPE
TATIANA KOSTADINOVA, MILENA I. NESHKOVA
OUT OF THE BOX: CEE AND CA TRANSITIONS AND PA PARADIGMS
MICHIEL S. DE VRIES
 
SECTION I.B
TOWARDS SOME THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ASSUMPTIONS: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF INSTITUTIONS, MODELS AND PRACTICES
 
TWENTY YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT: POLAND AT A GLANCE
PATRYCJA J. SUWAJ
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEVELOPMENT IN BULGARIA FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES
POLYA KATSAMUNSKA
SLOVENE ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS: AT THE CROSS-SECTION OF POSTSOCIALISM, LEGALISM AND GOOD ADMINISTRATION
POLONCA KOVAČ
MANAGERIAL REFORM IN ROMANIA: A CASE STUDY OF STRATEGIC CHANGE
CĂLIN HINŢEA, MARIUS PROFIROIU
BETWEEN CONTINUITY AND CHANGE: THE ANALYSIS OF THE ESTONIAN
CIVIL-SERVICE TRAINING SYSTEM
TIINA RANDMA-LIIV, MERILIN METSMA, KÜLLI SARAPUU
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN GEORGIA: TWENTY YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT
MALKHAZ MIKELADZE
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN SLOVAKIA – ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS
BACK ?
TOMÁŠ JACKO, ĽUDMILA MALÍKOVÁ
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM IN THE
WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES
DIMCE NIKOLOV
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS:
BETWEEN WESTERN MODELS AND HARD SOVIET LEGACY
GEORGE TARKHAN-MOURAVI
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEVELOPMENTS IN POST-SOVIET CENTRAL ASIA
RUSTAMJON URINBOYEV
 
SECTION I.C
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN AND AFTER THE TIMES OF CRISIS

THE PUBLIC FINANCE CRISIS: CAN NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT HELP ?
JURAJ NEMEC
DILEMMAS AND CONTRADICTIONS IN THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
B. GUY PETERS
THE FISCAL CRISIS AND THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE
NISPAcee REGION
RINGA RAUDLA
 
PART II
NISPAcee IN THE MIRROR
 
INTRODUCTION
GYÖRGY JENEI, ALLAN ROSENBAUM
 
SECTION II.A
SPEECHES

IN MEMORY OF MZIA MIKELADZE
MALKHAZ MIKELADZE
FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: A CABINET MINISTER’S EXPERIENCE
BARBARA KUDRYCKA
NISPAcee, THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT
GOALS
HAIYAN QIAN
 
SECTION II.B
NISPAcee IN THE EYES OF THE EXTERNAL COMMUNITY

 
NISPAcee AND THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF A DISCIPLINE: VIEWS FROM
BRUSSELS AND THE UNITED STATES
ALLAN ROSENBAUM
NISPAcee AS AN INSTITUTION AND AS A PARTNER IN DIALOGUE
GEERT BOUCKAERT
NISPAcee AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: RECOLLECTIONS ABOUT
AN UNLIKELY STORY
JAK JABES
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND NISPAcee: NASPAA AND EARLY US COOPERATION
MICHAEL BRINTNALL
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NISPAcee FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION
IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
THEO VAN DER KROGT
NISPAcee, IIAS, EGPA, AND IASIA: COOPERATION NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
ROLET LORETAN
 
SECTION II.C
NISPAcee IN THE LAST 20 YEARS: THE INTERNAL REFLECTIONS

NISPAcee IN ITS SECOND DECADE: TOWARDS EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP
WOLFGANG DRECHSLER
HOW NISPAcee CONTRIBUTES TO THE WAY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
REFORMS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE ARE CONCEPTUALISED
JACEK CZAPUTOWICZ
HOW WE STARTED AND WHERE WE ARE: A FEW PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS
JURAJ NEMEC
THE IMPORTANCE OF STRATEGY: 2008 – 2010
GYÖRGY JENEI

SECTION II.D
REPORTS AND REFLECTIONS FROM NISPAcee WORKING GROUPS

 
NISPAcee WORKING GROUP ON POLITICO-ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS
ALEKSANDRA RABRENOVIC
POLITICO-ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS: EXTENDING THE FOCUS
GEORG SOOTLA
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AND
CENTRAL ASIA
DIANA IANCU, VERONICA JUNJAN, MICHIEL S. DE VRIES
WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC-SECTOR ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE: A BRIEF
FLASHBACK
ŽELJKO ŠEVIĆ

PART III
NISPAcee: AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORIC RECORD

INTRODUCTION
ĽUDMILA GAJDOŠOVÁ, MIRKO VINTAR
 
SECTION III.A
REVIEW OF FACTS AND DATA

SECTION III.B
NISPAcee CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY

FUTURE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES


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