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Good Administration Quo Vadis: Legality or Efficiency?
National School of Political and Administrative Sciences Bucharest.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the Council of Europe’s Recommendations 2007(7) good administration is an aspect of good governance, set to deliver economic efficiency through profit oriented public services. Public administrative systems are compelled to become part of the globalised puzzle of market and to adjust their democratic means in dealing with collective interests. The metamorphosis requires different organizational and structural setups, rooted in the leading trends of the 21st century: consumerism, new public management, technology and rights explosion. We might witness the promotion of a ‘consumer model of good administration’,1 a development problematic in terms of legitimacy. Thus we militate for the traditional Weberian structures based on legality, which although contended to be an anachronism, can be efficiently readjusted following standards of good administration firstly and of good governance subsequently. We argue that, macro-decisional level is circumscribed by an all embracing concept of good governance oriented towards economic efficiency, but the micro-levels of public spheres should be centred on good administration standards, the shield and sword of the individual in its interaction with the public administration based on the rule of law and not on economic performance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Juridiska fakulteten, Uppsala universitet , 2011. , 44 p.
Uppsala Faculty of Law Working Paper, 2011:5
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Public Law
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158808OAI: diva2:441305
Doctoral scholarships for the development of the knowledge
Available from: 2011-09-15 Created: 2011-09-15 Last updated: 2011-09-15Bibliographically approved

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