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Re-creating the regional level in Central and Eastern Europe

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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Re-creating the regional level in Central and Eastern Eu-rope: An analysis of administrative reforms in six countries Central and Eastern Europe on the Way into the European Union: Reforms of Regional Administration in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia ERIC VON BRESKA, MARTIN BRUSIS (ED.) May 1999 This study was elaborated in the context of a project on the integration of Central and East European countries into the European Union, jointly realized by the Bertelsmann Science Foundation and the Research Group on European Affairs, Centre for Applied Policy Research. Editorial assistance: Lisa Mayerhofer Summary Many Central and East European countries are currently re-arranging their regional levels of public administration. The country studies compiled in this paper analyse administrative de- centralisation and the re-creation of regional administrative bodies in Bulgaria, the Czech Re- public, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. They attempt to give a detailed picture of the regional level, its development and structure as well as the objectives, implementation and outcomes of administrative reforms. The main motives of reform are to create links between local self-government and central government, de-politicize the administration and prepare for EU accession. While these factors had a certain homogenising effect on reform outcomes, the interplay of different historical legacies, policy approaches and regionalist phenomena result- ed in cross-national differences. The introduction of this paper tries to relate these variables to reform outcomes and gives a structured overview on the developments. Particular attention is paid to the policy of the Eu- ropean Union in the pre-accession constellation. The Commission and the pre-accession framework appear to become catalysts for a

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