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On the Way to Modernization: The 'Good Enough' Governance Making in Romania


  • Matei, Lucica
  • Iancu, Diana Camelia


‘To be or not to be good governance' has probably been a question of interest to scholars for many centuries now; the issue of how to measure it as to offer alternatives for governmental actions however became of interest only recently. In this respect, this paper explores the concept of 'good enough' governance in the context provided by Robert Dahl's theory on democratization. In doing so, it elaborates the idea according to which good enough governance may be interpreted as a minimal democratic system in need of a minimal democratic administrative practice. The validation of this theoretical tool is to be completed against the Romanian administrative reform as assessed by the national strategic documents and the European Commission Regular and Monitoring Reports of 1998-2006. The larger scope of the paper is to offer a comprehensive image of the 'good enough' governance inside the spectrum of the building of a consolidated democracy

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18941

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    1. Lucica Matei, 2006. "Public Sector and Europeanization Challenges," Theoretical and Applied Economics, Asociatia Generala a Economistilor din Romania - AGER, vol. 2(2(497)), pages 27-34, April.
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    5. 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.
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    good enough governance; policy making; European integration;

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    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration

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