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Governance and public administration in the context of Croatian accession to the European Union

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Badjun, Marijana

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract This paper analyses the quality of governance and public administration as key determinants for successful functioning within the European Union (EU). A comparison between Croatia and future and present EU members is made, according to separate governance indicators (rule of law, democracy, corruption, political stability, government effectiveness) and experience in reform of the public administration. The paper shows that Croatia by all quality of governance indicators, particularly with respect to the rule of law, lags considerably behind the EU and the Central Europe candidate countries. The low level of the rule of law in combination with an inadequate public administration is potentially the greatest obstacle in Croatia’s accession to the EU as well as in the creation of sustainable economic and social development.
Keywords EU; joining the European Union; Croatia; public administration; governance; criterion; international comparison; constitutional state; democracy; corruption; political stability; effectiveness
Classification European Politics
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords governance; public administration; institutions; government; economic development; Croatia; European Union
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 2, Institutional challenges
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 131-165
ISBN 953-6047-48-9
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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