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Administrative reform in central and eastern Europe: Extracting civil services from communist bureaucracies

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This chapter offers a brief analysis of the process from a public administration perspective, discussing the challenges, the achievements, and the remaining obstacles to administrative reform in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It discusses the importance of developments affecting the state in the post-communist contexts and links these to the difficulties of creating functioning and legitimate bureaucracies in the context of post-communist transformations. The chapter looks at some of the major problems and obstacles in reforming post-communist administrations. It addresses the question why reforms have remainedfor the first five years of CEE transitionsmore rhetoric than a reality. The chapter briefly outlines the main direction of reformnamely the definition of civil services as separate systems through the passing of civil service legislation. It dwells on the problems which remain and which prevent the predominantly legal reform that has taken place so far, from leading to a change in bureaucratic behavior.

Keywords: administrative reform; central and eastern Europe (CEE); civil service legislation; communist bureaucracies; post-communist transformations



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