Reforming the public administration: the role of crisis and the power of bureaucracy


Asatryan, Zareh ; Heinemann, Friedrich ; Pitlik, Hans


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/39615
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-396155
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 15-049
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: H83 , H11 , D73,
Keywords (English): Euro-crisis , public sector efficiency , cohesion policy , theory of bureaucracy
Abstract: The need to balance austerity with growth policies has put government efficiency high on the economic policy agenda in Europe. Administrative reforms which boost the efficiency of the administration can alleviate the trade-off between consolidation and public service provision. Against such backdrop, this study explores the determinants of efficiency en- hancing public administration reforms for a panel of EU countries using a novel reform indicator. The findings support the political-economic reasoning: An economic and fiscal crisis is a potent catalyst for reforms, but a powerful bureaucracy effectively constrains the opportunities of a crisis to promote this particular type of reform. Furthermore, there is evidence for horizontal learning from other EU countries, and for vertical learning associated with a particular type of EU transfers.

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Asatryan, Zareh ; Heinemann, Friedrich ; Pitlik, Hans (2015) Reforming the public administration: the role of crisis and the power of bureaucracy. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 15-049 [Working paper]
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