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Strategic Policymaking in Central and Eastern Europe

Editors: M. Brusis, K. Staroňová, R. Zubek

Martin Brusis / Katarína Staroňová / Radoslaw Zubek (eds.): Strategic Policymaking in Central and Eastern Europe, Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, Bratislava 2008, www.nispa.sk

ISBN: 978-80-89013-34-0
Price: 10 EUR + postage
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11.03.2008 · C·A·P


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Strategic policymaking is about governments achieving at least three types of goals. Policies should bring collective rather than sectoral benefits. Governmental action should be informed by a longer-term perspective going beyond immediate re-election concerns. And policies should rely on an in-depth analysis of causal relations and a careful consideration of all available policy options.

Though highly desirable, strategic policymaking is inherently difficult. Departmentalism, overload, uncertain re-election prospects, fragile parliamentary majorities and EU-driven agendas have caused Central and East European governments to neglect the strategic dimension of policymaking.

This new volume assumes that the capacity for strategic policymaking depends on the position and resources of the core executive in the system of government. Building strong core executives means creating inter-ministerial coordination, constraining ministerial autonomy, developing strategic thinking capacity and harnessing evidence-based policymaking tools.

Originating from the 'Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe', the book assesses the relationship between specific ‘core executive’ institutions and policy performance. Its individual chapters study the following themes and countries:

  • how the changing structure of cabinets and their institutional,  political and administrative environment are related to patterns of lawmaking  in Bulgaria and  Ukraine;
  • how executives have successfully acquired strategic capacity in the  diverse contexts of Russia and  Hungary;
  • how executives have conducted some crucial though not complex  reform steps to increase strategic capacity in the  Czech  Republic and  Slovakia;
  • how executives have sought to develop regulatory impact assessment  as a tool to improve the knowledge base of decision-making in  Poland;
  • how governance indicators may be used to compare executive reforms  and performance across countries.

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