This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe

Public administration in Central and Eastern Europe

The Historical Legacy

Given their Communist heritage, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have had an especially long distance to travel to reach a market economy and a democratic system of governance. After more than ten years, it is time to take stock of these reforms as they apply to the field of public administration. The purpose of this chapter is to make up a preliminary balance sheet, identifying both the positive and negative side of what has happened so far. After a brief introduction to the geographical diversity of the three regions here referred to as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the chapter also briefly introduces the principal features ...

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