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The solitary center: the core executive in Central and Eastern Europe

By Klaus H. Goetz and Helen Z. Margetts

Abstract

This article discusses the coordinative capacity of Centers of Government (COGs) in several Central and Eastern Europe countries. In formal terms, COGs are at the heart of the executive process; but their contribution to coherence in executive policymaking has remained limited. This observation applies both to coordination within the executive, and between the executive and other key participants in the political process. In important respects, the "solitary centers" operate in isolation from their political and institutional environment. In part, this weakness of linkage reflects the particular features of the post-Communist political systems; in part, it can be explained by a lack of nodality, authority and policy expertise at the COG. There are good reasons to assume that, as policy systems mature, problems of linkage will decline in significance. But this outcome cannot be taken for granted. Instead, we might be witnessing the emergence of a "new administrative type" in some Central and Eastern European countries

Topics: JC Political theory
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Year: 1999
DOI identifier: 10.1111/0952-1895.00112
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:7151
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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