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Ecce Gubernator! - Institutions, Actors and Policy in Albania!

Tahiraj, E; (2008) Ecce Gubernator! - Institutions, Actors and Policy in Albania! In: Gerovska-Mitev, M, (ed.) Reframing Social Policy: Actors, Dimensions and Reforms. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Skopje.

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Abstract

This paper explores governance in Albania in the light of contemporary ideas of multi-level governance. It examines some governance concerns in the country, particularly as have impacted the development of welfare policy since the end of state socialism. The focus is on the rôles of institutions and actors, domestic and international, in this process. While recent literature has proposed complex, reciprocal and multi-layered policy transfer mechanisms between donor organisations and host countries, it is found that in Albania the flow has been largely linear and unidirectional, and not just during the heat of early transition. Especially, institutions in both government and civil society appear still to be functionally mired in meeting the multiple demands of a variety of donor organisations. Far from the theoretically attractive convergence or isomorphy in institutions, I propose here that we observe an institutional pseudomorphosis, whereby structurally impaired organisations attempt to emulate the functions of donor agencies, while incorporating atrophied versions of civic or democratic values.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Ecce Gubernator! - Institutions, Actors and Policy in Albania!
ISBN-13:978-9989-109-41-6
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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