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Theoretical Delimitations: The Europeanization Of Public Administration And Its Institutional Levers


  • Lucica Matei

    (Faculty of Public Administration, SNSPA – Bucharest)

  • Diana-Camelia Iancu

    (Faculty of Public Administration, SNSPA – Bucharest)


The specter of possible significances of the Europeanization process is impressive: it can be analyzed as a transnational process (diffusion of Western norms, styles and behaviors within the Western Europe); an institutional process of adaptation to the EU’s demands; a counterbalance to globalization or finally, as a specific strategy for managing the worldwide conflicts. From all these, the “Europeanization as institutional adaptation” approach has caught the attention of the doctrine of administrative studies. This article attempts to name the differences between the Europeanization by deepening and the Europeanization by enlargement and thus it suggests that the context of the interactions the European Community has with its candidate countries needs a special attention. We will thus focus on identifying (on conceptual level) the institutional levers the Union uses in influencing the administrative order of non-Member States that made the first steps in becoming a part of the European project. Romania – prior 2007 will constitute the subject of analysis for the instruments identified in the first part of the paper.

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  • Lucica Matei & Diana-Camelia Iancu, 2007. "Theoretical Delimitations: The Europeanization Of Public Administration And Its Institutional Levers," Theoretical and Applied Economics, Asociatia Generala a Economistilor din Romania - AGER, vol. 6(6(511)(su), pages 93-110, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:agr:journl:v:6(511)(supplement):y:2007:i:6(511)(supplement):p:93-110

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    Cited by:

    1. Dogaru, Tatiana - Camelia, 2015. "Past and Current Paths to European Union Accession: Romania and Turkey a Comparative Approach," MPRA Paper 67455, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Matei, Lucica & Iancu, Diana Camelia, 2009. "On the Way to Modernization: The 'Good Enough' Governance Making in Romania," MPRA Paper 18941, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 28 May 2009.


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