Analysis of County Governors’ Administrations Reform of 2010 in Lithuania

Eglė Gaulė

Abstract


While 1970s were marked by creation of intermediary (regional) levels of government in Western Europe the wave of administrative reforms reached Eastern Europe in the end of 1980s and beginning of 1990s. Lithuania was not an exception. From 1994 until July, 2010 the public administration system was deconcentrated to County Governors' Administrations and decentralized to local governments in Lithuania. As it was declared in political and legal documents, the reform of County Governors' Administrations abolishment was aimed to improve public administration and decentralize public governance system in Lithuania, but its results were quite controversial. The main aim of this paper is to analyze the reform conducted in Lithuania in 2010s. The main sources of information are semi-structured expert interviews and secondary data.

Keywords


intergovernmental relations; County Governors’ Administrations reform; centralization; decentralization

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603