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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM IN SLOVAKIA AFTER THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION IN 1998 Print E-mail

Daniel Klimovský 

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The public administration reform implemented in Slovakia after the parliamentary election of 1998 was in fact the second wave of reform in Slovak public administration. After the successful overthrow of the communist regime at the very end of the 1980s and early 1990s, an authoritarian style of public policy-making represented by the Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar was operated from 1994-1998. Centralization, instead of decentralization, was the priority of his government, and Slovakia was excluded from negotiations for membership in the EU and NATO. However, the party of Vladimír Mečiar moved into opposition after the parliamentary election of 1998, and the new ruling party began with a few ambitious reforms including the second wave of public administration reform. It was built on the principles of decentralization as well as modernization. This article is aimed at this second wave of public administration reform in Slovakia. Its author evaluates its content and impacts.
 
Key words: public administration reform, Slovakia, decentralization, regional government, local government, local state administration
 
Daniel Klimovský, PhD. is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Regional Science and Management, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia. He is also a director of the NGO Slovak Political Institute. He deals with both public policy-making at the local and regional levels and public administration with special regard to local and regional governments. Contact: daniel.klimovsky(at)tuke.sk, daniel.klimovsky(at)spinstitut.sk.
 
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Klimovský Daniel. Public Administration Reform in Slovakia after the Parliamentary Election in 1998. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.3, no.3:6-28, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2010-no3-art01

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LOCAL ECONOMIC NORMATIVE AND HUMAN RESOURCE ACTIVITIES ANALYSIS IN PRACTICE Print E-mail

Alenka Pandiloska Jurak  

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The aim of this paper is to present a development of a model for evaluating the work of Slovenian municipalities. The purpose of the development of this model is that after entering the data into the model, not only municipalities that are similar to each other can be compared but also those that are in terms of population, territory size, etc. quite different.
 
Key words: Slovenia, evaluation, local administration, municipalities, performance, new public management

Alenka Pandiloska Jurak,M.A. is assistant at the School of Advanced Social Studies

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Jurak Alenka Pandiloska. Local economic normative and human resource activities analysis in practice. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.3, no.3:29-49, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2010-no3-art02

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CRITICAL DIVERSITY LITERACY: DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN TWELVE SOUTH AFRICAN ORGANISATIONS Print E-mail

Melissa Steyn

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South African society has undergone a remarkable political and legal transformation since 1994, moving from apartheid towards a democratic society which enshrines the rights of diversity. However, deep social divisions and inequalities persist. Twelve case studies were conducted as part of the DEISA research programme into diversity and equity transformation in South African organisations. The concept of Critical Diversity Literacy (CDL)was useful to judge the organisations for their disposition towards diversity, and the extent of their achieved transformation. The CDL model proposed here is a conceptual tool for teaching and implementing transformation towards more socially just approaches to workplace diversity, even in complex postcolonial contexts.

Acknowledgments: The author wishes to acknowledge the funding of SANPAD and the National Research Foundation, South Africa. The members of the DEISA research team are also acknowledged: Lize Booysen, Philomena Essed, Claire Kelly, Stella Nkomo, Crain Soudien.

PhD. Melissa Steyn is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Intercultural and Diversity Studies at University of Cape Town; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Steyn Melissa. Critical Diversity Literacy: Diversity Awareness in Twelve South African Organisations. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.3, no.3:50-82, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2010-no3-art03

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FOUR YEARS FROM THE CANDIDACY STATUS – WHAT HAS BEEN DONE AND WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED? Print E-mail

Sonja Risteska 

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Four years have passed since Macedonia got the candidacy status from the EU and it still waits to start the negotiations for full membership. This period has been full with events which influenced Macedonia’s development and caused the prolonged waiting of the much anticipated negotiations. The events went from a promising start in 2005 with the candidacy status, through acting as a ‘spoiled child’ in 2008 to positive performance and dedication to the reform processes in 2009. The country did not use well the incentive given at the European Summit in 2005 (the candidacy status) and passed the opportunity to get an early date for starting the negotiations with the EU in the following years (2007, 2008). With internal and external pressure, in 2009 the authorities started to work on the reforms. The EC acknowledges this positive trend, having in mind that the reforms are far from over. There are high expectations that the developments will produce positive EC Report this year and that the country will be rewarded with a recommendation of a date for starting the negotiations for full membership. Whether these expectations will materialize it remains to be seen on 14th of October when the report will be published.

 
Key words: negotiations, EC, Greece, reforms
 
Sonja Risteska is research fellow at Analytica, Dame Gruev 7-8/3 Skopje Republic of Macedonia. sristeska(at)analyticamk.org

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Risteska Sonja. Four Years from the Candidacy Status – what has been done and what can be expected?. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.3, no.2:5-23, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2010-no2-art01

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DEVELOPMENT COALITIONS. THE ROLE OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN THEIR OPERATION AND EFFICIENCY Print E-mail

Dumitrică Cătălin Daniel

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Building development coalitions, that has as main objective to stimulate and support regional development process involves the development of a highly complex process, involving in particular the use of local resources and a local management able to mobilize all stake Shrani holders to achieve goals.
 
Using the concept of "development coalitions" when referring to the local development process is preferable from the perspective of the size of this term because he represents "a much broader concept than government, but less vague and pluralistic than the concept of governance”.

Establishing development coalitions is closely related with the development of an effective local management.

The aim of this paper is to present examples of development coalitions that are functioning in Romania and to analyze the impact of public private partnership on these structures.
 
Keywords: local management, development coalitions, business development zone, regional development agencies, public private partnership

Dumitrică Cătălin Daniel is a assistant Professor PhD candidate. National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Public Administration

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Daniel Dumitrică Cătălin. Development coalitions . The role of public-private partnerships in their operation and efficiency. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.3, no.2:24-45, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2010-no2-art02

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