The overall objective of the course is to familiarize students with the various ways in which the center-periphery relationship can be structured in an administrative system, focusing on factors determining this choice: administrative tradition in a country, external factors such as EU integration, and the broader administrative reform process. In the first part of the course we focus on decentralization and fundamental issues concerning the organization and functioning of local government and its relationship with central government. In the second part of the course, the emphasis is placed on developing the regional level (decentralized or not) and the European Union's regional policy. In the context of Romania, we are mainly interested in the impact structural funds have upon local and regional development.
Learning objectives: At the end of the class the students should:
- Be able to discuss the phenomenon of state rescaling at the international level, with emphasis on current trends;
- Be able to describe and analyze administrative restructuring (with emphasis on regional level) in Romania and other CE states;
- Have a clear understanding of the evolution of regional development policy (cohesion policy) in Europe and how structural funds contribute to local and regional economic development’;
- Be able to analyze the trends in EU cohesion policy in the medium and long run and their influence upon member states, especially Romania.
Mandatory attendance to seminars (75%). Taking the final exam depends on whether you have the required level of attendance
- Course creator: Neamtu Bogdana