Enhancing the capacities to govern

Public Governance

The 21st century is marked by rapid and radical nonlinear changes – „ruptures in history“ such as the transition of Central and Eastern Europe to democratic, market-based economies and the enlargement of the European Union – which take place within global ruptures largely driven by scientific and technological change, combined with the mute of values. The development of capacities to govern is necessary in order to steer the countries and societies through such ruptures, towards a thriving future. Governments need to breach the rupture; they need to ‘weave the future’ (Yehezkel Dror). The mentioned capacities include capacities related to setting strategic direction, building better institutions to implement policy, to open up new ways of financing public goods and services. The present book contains a collection of contributions with the aim to enrich the discourse and to discuss the nature of effective civil service and public policy making, especially in the Central and Eastern European region. The papers are divided into five sections: Building capacities for the present and the future; Changing perceptions of governance; Changing relationship between the nation and the region; Financing capacities to govern; Managing the relationship between the state and the society.

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Bratislava: NISPAcee 2004; 281 S.
A 404 248