The public sector in Romania can simply not function in the New Public Management paradigm – as the Bian corruption scandal indicated just a couple of weeks ago. The elimination of the bonuses (“stimulente”) in the public system allowed not only the waste of public resources, some 200 million EUR per year – but the proliferation of discretionary relationships between bosses and employees, which made public institutions work in the personal interest of the leadership instead of that of the citizen. Such mechanisms are the core source of politicization in the Romanian public administration. The bonuses were eliminated at IMF pressures, after more than two years of scandals and debates – and there’s a serious risk they would be reintroduced as soon as the IMF agreement would be interrupted.
Read the brief here (RO only).