The Lithuanian Public Sector Organisations: The EU-Driven Expansion within the Domestic Arrangements of Autonomy and Control

Vitalis Nakrošis


The paper seeks to assess, whether the EU or the domestic factors had a stronger impact on the proliferation of public sector organisations and on the degree of their autonomy and control. The results of the COBRA 2008 survey indicate that the EU was the main driving force behind the setting up of public sector organisations in Lithuania. The impact of domestic factors (changes in the governing coalitions and macroeconomic developments) was considerably smaller and not consistent. However, the degree of autonomy and control of the Lithuanian public sector organisations is largely explained by the dominating Continental European legal tradition rather than the EU pre- and post-accession processes.


Europeanisation; New Public Management; public sector organisations; autonomy; control

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