• 8-November-2018


    Managerial accountability in the Western Balkans: a comparative analysis of the barriers and opportunities faced by senior managers in delivering policy objectives (SIGMA Paper No.58, November 2018)

    The Paper analyses the state of play regarding managerial accountability in the Western Balkans based on the Principles of Public Administration. Managerial accountability means both a clear focus on performance and compliance with rules.

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  • 30-May-2017

    English, PDF, 2,730kb

    Principles of Public Administration for EU candidate countries and potential candidates (SIGMA 2017)

    The Principles define what good governance entails in practice and outline the main requirements that countries should follow during the European integration process. They also feature a monitoring framework, enabling regular analysis of progress in applying the Principles and setting country benchmarks.

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  • 9-May-2016

    English, PDF, 1,718kb

    Principles of Public Administration for European Neighbourhood Policy countries (SIGMA 2016)

    These Principles are aimed at developing a shared understanding of what public administration reform entails and what countries could aim for with their administrative reforms, whether through comprehensive public administration reform (PAR) programmes or only in one of the core areas of PAR.

  • 18-November-2014

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    Principles of Public Administration for EU Enlargement countries (SIGMA 2014)

    Principles of Public Administration provide a detailed definition of good public administration that the Western Balkan countries and Turkey should be aiming for as European Union Accession countries. These principles supplement the European Commission Enlargement package, which defined public administration reform as a pillar of the enlargement process.

  • 12-February-2014


    Organising the Central State Administration (SIGMA Paper No. 43, 2007)

    One of this paper’s main purposes is to provide bases for policy advice to policy‑makers on the drafting of legislation on the organisation and functioning of the state administration. It is also available in the following languages: French, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, and Turkish.

  • 12-February-2014


    The Right to Open Public Administrations in Europe (SIGMA Paper No. 46, 2010)

    The aim of this paper is to explore the most problematic aspects of information access legal regimes and to provide some guidelines to policy makers, including legislators, governments and public administrators. The analysis covers 14 EU member states and the EU institutions. It is also available in the following languages on our website: French, Arabic, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin and Spanish.

  • 11-June-2008

    English, PDF, 357kb

    Drafting a Concept Paper on the Organisational Structure of the Executive's Public Administration (Francisco Cardona, 2008)

    This paper focuses on the essential issues that should be considered in a concept paper on the organisational structure of the state administration.

  • 24-January-2007

    English, PDF, 295kb

    Federalism and the Balance of Power in European States (Michael Keating, 2006)

    Prepared for SIGMA, this paper aims to assess the experience of, and prospects for, systems of divided and shared powers in managing social, cultural and political diversity.

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  • 24-May-2005

    English, PDF, 211kb

    Assigning Competences and Functions to Local Self-Government in Four EU Member States (Salvador Parrado Diez, May 2005)

    The paper analyses the challenges posed by the transfer of functions and competences from higher levels of government to local authorities in four EU Member States, namely France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

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  • 1-February-2005

    English, PDF, 316kb

    Saving the State Again: Turks Face the Challenge of European Governance (Kivanç Ulusoy, Ankara, 1-2 February 2005)

    The conditions for Turkish membership in the EU are virtually of a revolutionary character in that they require fundamental change in the structure of government of the republican regime. Given this assessment of the radical character of the proposed reforms for EU membership, the challenge of EU membership is actually an effort of “saving the State”.

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