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Matei L.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration | Iancu D.-C.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration
International Journal of Regulation and Governance | Year: 2010

Good enough' governance directs attention to considerations of the minimal conditions of governance necessary to allow political and economic development to occur. This paper makes use of this definition and considers 'good enough' governance as being a set of minimum requirements necessary for the proper (democratic) functioning of a state. In addition, it narrows the context where 'governance' applies, and solely refers to the organization and functioning of the public administration system. To this end, Robert Dahl's theory of democratization will provide the appropriate framework for 'quantifying' 'good enough' governance, and will then be applied to the Romanian public administration reforms (1998-2007). The authors expect to find that during the time of reference, Romania did have the proper conditions for nurturing 'good enough' governance.

Diaconescu R.,Technical University Gheorghe Asachi | Stanciugelu S.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration | Copot D.,Technical University Gheorghe Asachi | Vatavu G.,Technical University Gheorghe Asachi | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Science and Theology | Year: 2013

Cultural heritage resource management and historic property in Romania have a high importance in regional and national development. As witnesses of human civilization, monuments and sites contribute to the strengthening of historical awareness and cultural identity of individuals and the community. Both the historical and sites are very important locally, nationally and internationally, since they are an expression of culture and life style and also a significant part of the world heritage. Our country is one in which in 24 hours you can visit a Byzantine church, a Turkish Moshe, a Greek fortress and not only this. From these special premises derives our responsibility to protect and to preserve historical monuments and sites at all levels and all time. The main resource for protecting and developing the cultural heritage during the last two decades in Romania has been the State. After establishing a large juridical framework with respect to the cultural heritage and cultural policies, the Romanian State seems to have arrived to a certain limit in terms of financing and developing cultural policies related to the national heritage. Under these circumstances, our study tries to point out the necessity of civil society and private capital involvement in the cultural policies related to the national patrimony. What if the community identity itself becomes, by its local/regional specific institutions, a vector of the Romanian touristic potential that could generate the necessary financial revenues for effective cultural policies?

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2012.3.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.17M | Year: 2013

The LIPSE project (Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments) identifies drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector. Through studying social innovation and co-creation practices and processes in 11 European countries and 7 policy sectors, LIPSE will create and disseminate essential knowledge about public innovation. The LIPSE consortium consists of leading institutions in 11 European countries. Seven empirical cross-national work packages will collect new insights on five building blocks of social innovation in the public sector: 1. Innovation environments 2. Innovation inputs 3. Innovation tools and processes 4. Innovation outcomes, diffusion and upscaling 5. Feedback loops in innovative systems The project will firstly map institutional environments to study the role of social capital, innovation champions and leadership, using survey research and social network analysis. The project will then look at citizens inputs into public innovation processes through participation, complaints and co-creation. This will be achieved by a) analysing secondary administrative datasets from ombudsmen and national audit offices b) case studies in social and welfare services and urban and rural regeneration and c) large scale survey research. It will then examine the use of risk management in innovation processes. A work package on innovation diffusion and adoption will assess what factors contribute to the successful upscaling of ICT-driven social innovations, with a focus on teleworking (as a new way of working) and e-procurement. Finally, the project will develop a comprehensive set of public sector social innovation indicators and explore future trends in social innovation through scenario-mapping with academic and practitioner experts. The dissemination of knowledge will be widespread, using websites, articles, books, road shows and conferences across Europe.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO-2007-1.3 | Award Amount: 4.01M | Year: 2008

The projects aim is to strengthen the Scientific and Technological cooperation between the EU Member States (and Associated Countries) and the Eastern European and Central Asian countries. To achieve its goals, the IncoNet EECA project will implement activities at both the policy and operational level. At the policy level the project will support the establishment and operation of a Regional S&T Policy Dialogue Platform bringing together national representatives/policy makers from the EU MS (and AC) and the EECA countries, as well as representatives of the European Commission. Similar Platforms will also be created at bilateral level addressing in particular the cooperation with Russia and Ukraine. The role of the Platforms will be to develop a strategy for the cooperation, to identify priority fields for actions, to discuss joint approaches on global issues, etc. In addition, within the project, a particular attention will be paid to other EU policies and instruments (e.g. ENP, CIP) focusing in particular on the opportunities and synergies that may arise for the S&T sector. At the operational level the project includes a variety of activities aiming at: an enhanced participation of researchers from the EECA countries in FP7; the support of NCP/NIP structures in EECA with particular emphasis on the ININ network set up by INTAS; dissemination activities including key conferences, etc. In addition, the project includes a series of analyses, reviews and monitoring activities that will feed the policy dialogue at the level of the aforementioned Platforms. Finally, a particular attention will be given to the issue of sustainability beyond the limits of the project, for all the activities and structures that will be supported.

Negulescu M.C.,Spiru Haret University | Barbu C.M.,Spiru Haret University | Moise S.,Spiru Haret University | Matei I.V.,Spiru Haret University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2015

The development of society has led to fast and profound changes in the natural environment - the population has grown, the industry has evolved, the space taken up by the man has broadened, to the detriment of the environment, man has resorted to deforestation, desiccation, to the accumulation of waste, the pollution has extended, which led to the disappearence of numerous species of plants and animals, and the one who has to suffer the most in the end is man. Craiova is the residence-city of Dolj County, also known as 'the Capital of Oltenia region'. According to offcial data resulted from the census carried out in 2011, the city has a population of 298 643 inhabitants. This article aims at analysing the history of industrialisation in the city of Craiova, at observing what kind of pollution each new branch of industry has brought about and at establishing the current state of investment and management of sustainable development in Craiova.

Lipara D.,Al. I. Cuza University | Ciote C.S.,Al. I. Cuza University | Mascu S.,Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest | Radulescu C.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration
European Journal of Science and Theology | Year: 2013

An attentive basic theoretical and statistical analysis of inflation and monetary policy interest rate of Romania is conveyed. In the end, we estimate a regression model between these two variables. The resulting conclusion is that the influence of inflation over the monetary policy interest rate in Romania between 2003 and 2012 could be expressed through a cubic regression model that underlines the strong correlation between these two variables.

Fernandez-Ardevol M.,Open University of Catalonia | Ivan L.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015

We analyze the influence of age on mobile computer anxiety in a sample of 158 individuals 55+ by means of path analysis modeling. Taking as the endogenous variable a mobile computer anxiety scale (MCAS, Wang 2007), models include demographic and socioeconomic variables and a computer experience scale – based on the familiarity and frequency of use of different information and communication technologies. Results confirm a positive influence of age on mobile computer anxiety which is mediated by both socio-economic variables and computer experience. The influence of age on mobile computer anxiety is comparatively low. Age is not the relevant dimension to explain computer anxiety, as socio-economic background and computer experience have higher explanatory capacity. This result may explain the inconsistent results regarding the direct relationship between age and computer anxiety available in the literature. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Matei A.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration | Savulescu C.,National School of Political Studies and Public Administration
Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues | Year: 2012

The global economy is facing a complex and outstanding challenge: the economic and financial crisis. The digital revolution represents the pillar for a competitive and sustainable global economy and Information and Communication Technologies can become a crucial factor for the economic recovery. The paper aims to highlight the significant contribution of Information and Communication Technologies to the development of sustainable knowledge economy. The paper achieves an analysis of ICT sector in the EU Member States. The comparative study is analyzing the correlation between the networked readiness, global competitiveness and ICT sector share in national economies in the EU27. The current paper also addresses main issues regarding digital marketing.

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