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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 7 / 2013 (584)

From a holistic approach of public policy to co-governance

Luminiţa-Gabriela POPESCU
National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest

Abstract. In the context of the current paper, the holistic approach means the extrapolation of the concept of citizen towards the level of co-participant in public policy process.

The paper is focused on the transformation of public policies in the holistic perspective, as well as on the creation of conditions favourable to such approach.

It means to emphasise issues linked, on the one hand, to how prepared the political representatives and public authorities are to accept both the direct involvement of citizens in decision-making and sharing of accountability in public policy process, and, on the other hand, the direct citizens’ involvement. In other words, the paper attempts to identify possible responses to key matters for the holistic approach: On the one hand, are the members of community aware of the importance of commitment? Are they truly motivated to take part in such a structure? On the other hand, how are prepared the political representatives and public authorities to accept co-operation with different categories of stakeholders?

The researches in Romania reveal that unfortunately the actual context is not favourable to the holistic approach. The current conditions are just at minimal level, the policies will be further made behind closed doors and the citizens’ consultation will be mainly formal.

Keywords: the holistic approach; the public participation; citizen-centric vision the public trust; the co-governance.

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