The Role of Experts in Local Government in Transitional Countries
Bratislava : NISPAcee
In, pp. 119-141
Selected Papers from the 12th NISPAcee Annual Conference Vilnius, 2004
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Berg, F. van den
Bestuurskunde, ihb interne org en werkw openb.best
Jenei, G.; Barbashev, A.; Berg, F. van den (ed.), Instititutional Requirements and Problem Solving in the Public Administrations of the Enlarged European Union and Its Neighbours
SubjectInstitutional Shifts in Government and Governance in a Comparative and International Context
Th is paper addresses the role of experts in decision-making in local government. Departing from theories about professionals and technocrats in decision-making processes, the question arises as to how much infl uence these experts have in policymaking processes. Th e paper addresses this question and discusses the role of western experts in adapting the social security system to EU requirements in a Polish community under the PHARE program. Th is is a critical case, because comparative figures show that local policy-makers in East European countries have a relatively large trust in experts and because of the money involved, Polish policy-makers are heavily dependent on the experts. Th ese facts result in the expectation that the experts’ advice would be humbly accepted. The case study shows, however, that many recommendations do not get a follow-up. The degree to which that is the case seems to depend on the contents of the recommendations, the arrogance of the experts and the degree to which the recommendations are suited to the specific characteristics of the recipient’s situation.
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