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The non-governmental sector and the government: a dialogue for Europe

In: Croatian Accession to the European Union: Economic and Legal Challenges


  • Igor Vidacak

    (Institute for International Relations, Zagreb)


This paper discusses the opportunities for and obstacles in the way of a dialogue between the Croatian government and the non-governmental sector within the context of the European integration process. Although the development of civil society, the building of institutional and administrative capacities and the strengthening of cross-sectoral dialogue are fundamental preconditions for the implementation of the overall adjustment to the EU, there is no clear list of priorities and demands on the basis of which it might be possible to monitor the progress made in this area by candidate and potential applicant countries for membership. Because of the lack of any clearly defined acquis, several strategic documents of the European institutions and the existing literature about the advances made by applicant states will be used as a point of departure for the analysis. The main guidelines for and obstacles to reform in this area in Croatia will be picked out in the light of the European criteria of good governance and the relevant experience of applicant countries.

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  • Igor Vidacak, 2003. "The non-governmental sector and the government: a dialogue for Europe," Chapters in books,in: Katarina Ott (ed.), Croatian Accession to the European Union: Economic and Legal Challenges, volume 1, chapter 11, pages 249-271 Institute of Public Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipf:chaptr:1-11

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    1. Kendall, Jeremy, 2001. "The third sector and the development of European public policy: a framework for analysis," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 29062, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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