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Zeitschriftendaten
Format
Zeitschrift
eISSN
1338-4309
ISSN
1337-9038
Erstveröffentlichung
03 Aug 2009
Erscheinungsweise
2 Hefte pro Jahr
Sprachen
Englisch

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Volumen 5 (2012): Heft 1 (June 2012)

Zeitschriftendaten
Format
Zeitschrift
eISSN
1338-4309
ISSN
1337-9038
Erstveröffentlichung
03 Aug 2009
Erscheinungsweise
2 Hefte pro Jahr
Sprachen
Englisch

Suche

4 Artikel
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Reforming for Performance and Trust: Some Reflections

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 9 - 20

Zusammenfassung

access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Ethics of Officials in the Context of (Slovene) Good Administration

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 23 - 53

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

The author discusses various aspects of ethical conduct, referring to both individual officials and the public administration as a whole, in the sense of good governance. She underlines that the main ethical challenge for officials (seen as executors of public tasks) is to be responsive to the needs of the society in any type of activity falling within the competence of administrative bodies, such as designing new regulations and deciding on specific administrative matters. Considering the significance of public administration for the development of the society, the foundations of ethical conduct of officials are largely defined already in administrative law. The work of the officials is not mechanistic but rather involves the creation of law - although at a purely instrumental level - and is therefore responsible and ethically determined. Officials fulfil their mission as long as they act lawfully within the scope of their powers and comprehend the purpose of law, which is to protect general social benefit and public interest, together with human or legally protected rights and individual interests. Within the limits of their powers and regulations, they are called to solve life issues. Thus, they contribute to democratic and effective administration. The paper provides an analysis of selected aspects, dilemmas and practices arising at the level of individuals and the Slovene administrative system as a whole, at the intersection between work ethics, administrative law and good public administration. In terms of legal principles and ethical codes, Slovenia is considered a rather successful European country; nevertheless, in order to raise general awareness and put the officials’ ethics in practice, a more proactive approach to governance and management is needed.

Keywords

  • ethics
  • officials
  • good public administration
  • administrative law
  • principles
  • code of conduct
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Management of Contracting Public Services and its Quality in Slovakia

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 55 - 74

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

Contracting services in the public sector with private for-profit and non-profit firms is one of the most prevalent types of alternative service-delivering arrangements. Concerning the positive potential of contracting, the relevant literature proposes that contracting may, but need not, improve individual choice, cost-effectiveness and the quality of delivery, equity and to some extent also expenditure control. On the other hand, many authors provide important arguments describing weak points of contracting and some risks connected with contracting services in the public sector. The main “internal” reason why contracting does not produce the expected results and even creates perverse effects in the effectiveness and quality of contracted services, is the improper implementation of contract management. This paper seeks to answer the question of what factors account for success in contracting for services in the public sector by testing the relationship between contracting performance and selected factors connected with contract management such as competition, exante evaluation of bidders, contract monitoring, contract duration, contract payment and joint problem solving and communication between the principal and the agent. This study uses a quantitative approach to investigate the research question and to analyze the original collected survey data from our own research.

The research was supported by the Czech Grant Agency projects P403 / 12 / 0366 and P403 / 10 / 1892

Keywords

  • Contracting
  • outsourcing
  • public sector
  • principal
  • agent
  • contract management
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

The Limits of Leadership

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 131 - 154

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

In Public Administration, it is taken for granted that reforms are initiated and conducted by leaders. However, one can wonder whether change is indeed always coming from leadership and whether the concept thereof as the driving force behind change and the panacea for all the problems encountered during reforms is not a bit overrated in recent literature. This paper presents the argument that it is not the leaders but the employees in the teams and working groups and the experienced organizational members in particular who are the real carriers of reforms. It goes through the recent and older theoretical literature as well as through known empirical research regarding the matter and suggests that mainly co-workers are able to provide reform in terms of content, direction and practical solutions. The conclusion is that leadership is indeed an overrated factor in explaining reforms. The emphasis on leadership disregards an old-fashioned but perhaps still relevant concept, namely that working groups / project teams are oft en self-regulating, despite what leaders believe. Although empirical research taking organizational tenure into account is scarce and scattered, there is some evidence that the communities of practice are important for conserving, changing and developing organizational values and norms.

In consequence, theorizing about reforms and especially the implementation thereof needs to pay more attention to horizontal relations in the organization - the role of colleagues and especially the role of experienced organizational members.

Keywords

  • leadership
  • employee engagement
  • administrative reform
4 Artikel
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Reforming for Performance and Trust: Some Reflections

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 9 - 20

Zusammenfassung

access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Ethics of Officials in the Context of (Slovene) Good Administration

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 23 - 53

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

The author discusses various aspects of ethical conduct, referring to both individual officials and the public administration as a whole, in the sense of good governance. She underlines that the main ethical challenge for officials (seen as executors of public tasks) is to be responsive to the needs of the society in any type of activity falling within the competence of administrative bodies, such as designing new regulations and deciding on specific administrative matters. Considering the significance of public administration for the development of the society, the foundations of ethical conduct of officials are largely defined already in administrative law. The work of the officials is not mechanistic but rather involves the creation of law - although at a purely instrumental level - and is therefore responsible and ethically determined. Officials fulfil their mission as long as they act lawfully within the scope of their powers and comprehend the purpose of law, which is to protect general social benefit and public interest, together with human or legally protected rights and individual interests. Within the limits of their powers and regulations, they are called to solve life issues. Thus, they contribute to democratic and effective administration. The paper provides an analysis of selected aspects, dilemmas and practices arising at the level of individuals and the Slovene administrative system as a whole, at the intersection between work ethics, administrative law and good public administration. In terms of legal principles and ethical codes, Slovenia is considered a rather successful European country; nevertheless, in order to raise general awareness and put the officials’ ethics in practice, a more proactive approach to governance and management is needed.

Keywords

  • ethics
  • officials
  • good public administration
  • administrative law
  • principles
  • code of conduct
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

Management of Contracting Public Services and its Quality in Slovakia

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 55 - 74

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

Contracting services in the public sector with private for-profit and non-profit firms is one of the most prevalent types of alternative service-delivering arrangements. Concerning the positive potential of contracting, the relevant literature proposes that contracting may, but need not, improve individual choice, cost-effectiveness and the quality of delivery, equity and to some extent also expenditure control. On the other hand, many authors provide important arguments describing weak points of contracting and some risks connected with contracting services in the public sector. The main “internal” reason why contracting does not produce the expected results and even creates perverse effects in the effectiveness and quality of contracted services, is the improper implementation of contract management. This paper seeks to answer the question of what factors account for success in contracting for services in the public sector by testing the relationship between contracting performance and selected factors connected with contract management such as competition, exante evaluation of bidders, contract monitoring, contract duration, contract payment and joint problem solving and communication between the principal and the agent. This study uses a quantitative approach to investigate the research question and to analyze the original collected survey data from our own research.

The research was supported by the Czech Grant Agency projects P403 / 12 / 0366 and P403 / 10 / 1892

Keywords

  • Contracting
  • outsourcing
  • public sector
  • principal
  • agent
  • contract management
access type Uneingeschränkter Zugang

The Limits of Leadership

Online veröffentlicht: 16 May 2013
Seitenbereich: 131 - 154

Zusammenfassung

Abstract

In Public Administration, it is taken for granted that reforms are initiated and conducted by leaders. However, one can wonder whether change is indeed always coming from leadership and whether the concept thereof as the driving force behind change and the panacea for all the problems encountered during reforms is not a bit overrated in recent literature. This paper presents the argument that it is not the leaders but the employees in the teams and working groups and the experienced organizational members in particular who are the real carriers of reforms. It goes through the recent and older theoretical literature as well as through known empirical research regarding the matter and suggests that mainly co-workers are able to provide reform in terms of content, direction and practical solutions. The conclusion is that leadership is indeed an overrated factor in explaining reforms. The emphasis on leadership disregards an old-fashioned but perhaps still relevant concept, namely that working groups / project teams are oft en self-regulating, despite what leaders believe. Although empirical research taking organizational tenure into account is scarce and scattered, there is some evidence that the communities of practice are important for conserving, changing and developing organizational values and norms.

In consequence, theorizing about reforms and especially the implementation thereof needs to pay more attention to horizontal relations in the organization - the role of colleagues and especially the role of experienced organizational members.

Keywords

  • leadership
  • employee engagement
  • administrative reform

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