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Europeanisation from the Bottom to the Top: Civil Society Inclusion in Cluj-Napoca : An Exploratory Case Study

Zijverden, Nienke Johanna Helene /N.J.H. van (2019) Europeanisation from the Bottom to the Top: Civil Society Inclusion in Cluj-Napoca : An Exploratory Case Study.

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Abstract:Romania has not yet completed the Europeanisation process and is still being monitored under the EU’s Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. As the literature suggests, the country’s slow development processes do not seem to be an issue of legal adoption but rather a matter of practical implementation of administrative reforms. Trying to emphasise the need of an interplay of different system levels and various actors in Europeanisation processes, the aim of this thesis is to explore the influence of public participation on reform implementation to consequently foster local administrative capacity building. Therefore, the thesis approaches the role of NGOs in governance processes by means of an exploratory case study: the inclusion of civil society in designing and implementing the development strategy of Cluj-Napoca. The analysis is based on expert interviews and document analyses. The use of an extreme case study provides a fruitful basis for further research on public participation in Romania’s local public administrations, in order to elaborate the potential key player position of NGOs in boosting Europeanisation from the bottom to the top.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78986
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